from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as ovipositor.


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  • Not being equipped with a long oviscapt, the mother sows her eggs in the open, with no protection against the heat of the sun and the variations of temperature.

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  • The grasshopper has a sabre, an oviscapt which plunges into the earth and sows the eggs at the desired depth; the Leuscopis has a probe which finds its way through the masonry of the mason-bee and lays the egg in the cocoon of the great somnolent larva; but the Balaninus has none of these swords, daggers, or pikes; she has nothing but the tip of her abdomen.

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  • As far as the perforating beak can plunge, so far the oviscapt, the interior rostrum, will reach.

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  • Then, applying her oviscapt, she thrusts it through the side of the pod and perforates the circular trap-door.

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  • The female has a reddish head and thorax; the abdomen is black, with a long augur-like oviscapt.

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