from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tubular structure, usually concealed but sometimes extending outside the abdomen, with which many female insects deposit eggs.
- n. A similar organ of certain fishes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tubular protruding organ for laying eggs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The organ with which many insects and some other animals deposit their eggs. Some ichneumon files have a long ovipositor fitted to pierce the eggs or larvæ of other insects, in order to lay their own eggs within the same.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ovipositing organ with which many (especially hymenopterous, orthopterous, coleopterous, and dipterous) insects are provided, and by means of which they place their eggs in a position suitable for development.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. egg-laying tubular structure at the end of the abdomen in many female insects and some fishes
From Latin ovum ("egg") + Latin positor ("one who deposits"). (Wiktionary)