One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In certain insect groups: an ovipositor which is formed by modification of the abdominal segments themselves, rather than by adaptation of abdominal appendages.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Rolleston (1829–1881), physician and physiologist. From French oviscapte from ovi- + ancient Greek σκάπτειν to dig.
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