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a specialized organ by which many female insects deposit their eggs.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A specialized female organ especially well developed in insects for laying or depositing eggs.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
1. A tubular structure, usually concealed but sometimes extending outside the abdomen, with which many female insects deposit eggs.
2. A similar organ of certain fishes and turtles.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
ovipositoran organ of female insects, usually present at the tip of the abdomen, through which the egg is laid. The ovipositor is sometimes developed to enable the piercing of tissue, particularly where eggs are laid inside other animals and plants.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005