a small, saclike structure in the female reproductive tract in many invertebrates, esp. insects, for receiving and storing sperm
Origin of spermathecaModL: see sperm and theca
A receptacle in the reproductive tract of many female or hermaphrodite invertebrates and certain female vertebrates, in which spermatozoa are received and stored until needed to fertilize the ova.
Origin of spermathecaLate Latin sperma semen ; see sperm 1. theca
(plural spermathecas or spermathecae)
From sperma- + theca.