Definition of ovoviviparous in US English:



  • (of an animal) producing young by means of eggs which are hatched within the body of the parent, as in some snakes.

    Compare with oviparous and viviparous
    • ‘Sand tiger sharks are ovoviviparous (incubate eggs internally and offspring are born live).’
    • ‘These animals are ovoviviparous (producing eggs that develop and hatch within the female's body without obtaining nourishment from it).’
    • ‘This species is ovoviviparous, meaning that the eggs develop within the female and the young are born alive.’
    • ‘These may be viviparous, in which case the mother's body provides nourishment to the embryo, or ovoviviparous, in which case the eggs develop without additional nourishment inside the mother.’
    • ‘Females are ovoviviparous, retaining yolked embryos without nourishing them.’