oviform a. [L. ovum, egg; forma, shape] Egg-like in shape.
oviger n. [L. ovum, egg; gerere, to bear] (ARTHRO: Chelicer-ata) In some Pycnogonida, specialized egg carrying appendages, as well as functioning in cleaning the long legs and trunk surface.
ovigerous a. [L. ovum, egg; gerere, to bear] Carrying eggs; oviferous.
ovigerous frena (ARTHRO: Crustacea) In Lepadomorpha Cir-ripedia, a fleshy ridge or lap on the inner surface of the mantle anchoring the egg masses.
ovigerous lamella (ARTHRO: Crustacea) In Lepadomorpha Cirripedia, the egg masses forming one or more lamellae within the cavity. see ovigerous frena.
ovijector n. [L. ovum, egg; jacere, to throw] (NEMATA) A muscular development of the vagina uterina that aids in the passage of eggs.
oviparous a. [L. ovum, egg; parere, to bring forth] Egg-laying.
oviporus n. [L. ovum, egg; porus, passage] (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Lepidoptera, the reproductive opening on segment 9 that serves for the discharge of eggs.
oviposit v. [L. ovum, egg; ponere, to place] To lay or deposit eggs.
oviposition n. [L. ovum, egg; ponere, to place] The act of depositing eggs.
ovipositor n. [L. ovum, egg; ponere, to place] Structure on a female animal modified for deposition of eggs.
ovisac n. [L. ovum, egg; saccus, bag] 1. An egg capsule, brood pouch, or receptacle. 2. (ARTHRO: Crustacea) In female Co-pepoda, the external sac attached to the somite that bears the openings of the gonoducts. 3. (ARTHRO: Insecta) In coccids, the envelope in which eggs are laid; the ovarial cavity in which the eggs are stored.
oviscapt, oviscapte n. [L. ovum, egg; captare, to conduct] An ovipositor.
ovivalvula n. [L. ovum, egg; dim. valva, leaf of a folding door] (ARTHRO: Insecta) In female Heteroptera and Ephemerop-tera, a subgenital plate.
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