One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verboviposited, ovipositing, oviposits[no object]Zoology
(especially of an insect) lay an egg or eggs.
- ‘Because they oviposit at high tide, their eggs incubate out of water, buried in the sand of some of the most heavily used urban beaches in this populous area.’
- ‘Potential egg layers were given 10 days in the oviposition chambers to oviposit.’
- ‘Examples include butterflies ovipositing on host plants, beetles and flies on dung pats, parasitoid wasps on insect hosts, and many insects on seeds or fruit.’
- ‘After mating, the female ceases light emission and oviposits and continues to hold her body near to the eggs.’
- ‘Females oviposit and larvae develop solely in the fruit.’
Early 19th century: from ovi- ‘egg’ + Latin posit- ‘placed’ (from the verb ponere).
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