oophagy

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Etymology[edit]

From oo- +‎ -phagy.

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Noun[edit]

oophagy ‎(uncountable)

  1. (zoology) The cannibalization of subordinate eggs within a homogeneous population or the uterus; particularly as it relates to certain insect and aquatic species. [from 19th c.]
    • 2015, Theo Tait, ‘Don't wear yum-yum yellow’, London Review of Books, vol. 34 no. 15:
      A number of shark species go in for oophagy, or uterine cannibalism.

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