Meaning of ovipositor in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvɪˈpɒzɪtə/


  • A tubular organ through which a female insect or fish deposits eggs.

    ‘the female ichneumon wasp has an ovipositor like a dagger with which she drills a hole in the wood’
    • ‘Injuries were visible as sclerotized scars in the female ovipositor, and their occurrence increased with mating frequency.’
    • ‘At this stage, the conical ovipositor of the female becomes visible.’
    • ‘The female ovipositor becomes loosely articulated.’
    • ‘Medflies ruin crops when fertile females use their tubelike ovipositors to punch holes in the skin of a ripening fruit or vegetable, then pump their eggs inside.’
    • ‘After we placed a wasp on the fruit, she typically initiated searching, which involved slow scanning of the fruit surface using her antennae, and probing with her ovipositor inside fruit wounds and punctures in search for eggs.’