oviparous
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /əʊˈvɪpəɹəs/
  • (America) IPA: /oʊˈvɪpəɹəs/
Adjective

oviparous (not comparable)

  1. Egg-laying; depositing eggs that develop and hatch outside the body as a reproductive strategy.
    ''The echidna is a monotreme, which is the extremely small subset of oviparous mammals.
    • 1643, Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend [https://web.archive.org/web/20140811201712/http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=%2Ftexts%2Fenglish%2Fmodeng%2Fpublicsearch%2Fmodengpub.o2w]
      And though it might be thought that all animals who have lungs do cough; yet in cataceous fishes, who have large and strong lungs, the same is not observed; nor yet in oviparous quadrupeds: and in the greatest thereof, the crocodile, although we read much of their tears, we find nothing of that motion.
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