One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In certain invertebrates: the ovary; specifically the part of the ovary that contains developing egg cells or cells giving rise to these (especially, in flatworms, as contrasted with the vitellarium).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist. From germ + -arium, after ovarium. Compare German Eierkeimstock.
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