ootheca

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oo- +‎ theca

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  • IPA(key): /əʊəˈθiːkə/

Noun[edit]

A cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa) in Sydney laying an ootheca.

ootheca (plural oothecae)

  1. 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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