Definition of oviparous in English:



  • (of an animal) producing young by means of eggs which are hatched after they have been laid by the parent, as in birds.

    Compare with viviparous and ovoviviparous
    • ‘In oviparous species, females can enhance reproductive success by investing in the size, quality, and number of eggs.’
    • ‘The regulation of hatching behavior in oviparous animals is important for successful reproduction, but is poorly understood.’
    • ‘In oviparous animals this can include prefertilization decisions such as the production of larger eggs and the deposition of hormones, such as the steroid testosterone, into yolks.’
    • ‘Females are oviparous and broadcast spawn eggs in the water column as the male does sperm.’
    • ‘In contrast, our experimental study of an oviparous species that does not have parental care is of considerable interest, as any observed family resemblance is likely to be less dependent on pre- and postnatal influences.’