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intr.v. o·vi·pos·it·ed, o·vi·pos·it·ing, o·vi·pos·its
To lay eggs, especially by means of an ovipositor.

o′vi·po·si′tion (-pə-zĭsh′ən) n.
o′vi·po·si′tion·al adj.
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(Zoology) pertaining to the laying of eggs through an ovipositor
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Ovipositional preference and damage by spotted bollworm (Earias fabia) in cotton.
Evidence of ovipositional preference of Callosobruchus maculatus for cowpea varieties.
(3,12) For the patient described in this case report, no concurrent related disease was identified, and the working hypothesis rested on a presumption of focal weakening of the musculature due to previous chronic ovipositional activity, infrequent physical activity, a history of obesity, and suboptimal nutrition.
Heteroblasty in Eucalyptus globulus (Myricales:Myricaceae) affects ovipositional and settling preferences of Ctenarytaina eucalypti and C.
Ophraella communa females tend to begin oviposition on the third day after mating, the ovipositional period lasts 40 to 60 d, and eggs can hatch within 4 to 6 d after oviposition (Zhou et al.
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Banana weevil Cosmopolites sordidus Germar ovipositional preferences, timing of attack and larval survival survivorship in a mixed cultivar trial in Uganda.
Laboratory studies on ovipositional preference of the peach fruit fly Bactrocerazonata (Saunders) (Diptera: Tephiritidae) for different host fruits.