Meaning of ovoviviparous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvəʊvɪˈvɪp(ə)rəs/


  • (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

    ‘These animals are ovoviviparous (producing eggs that develop and hatch within the female's body without obtaining nourishment from it).’
    • ‘Sand tiger sharks are ovoviviparous (incubate eggs internally and offspring are born live).’
    • ‘This species is ovoviviparous, meaning that the eggs develop within the female and the young are born alive.’
    • ‘Females are ovoviviparous, retaining yolked embryos without nourishing them.’
    • ‘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.’