Ootheca meaning

ōə-thēkə
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The usually hardened egg case of certain invertebrates, such as a cockroach.
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An egg case, as of certain mollusks and insects.
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The usually hardened egg case of certain invertebrates, such as a cockroach.
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An egg case of any of the orthopteroid insects (such as cockroaches and mantids).

1994, Daniel Evan Weiss, The Roaches Have No King, ISBN 9781852423261, page 4:Since the founding of the colony it had been a tradition to unload oothecae - egg sacs - in the cabinets so the younglings would be near the principal food stocks.

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Origin of ootheca

  • oo- +"Ž theca

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