ootheca

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oo- +‎ theca

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  • IPA(key): /əʊəˈθiːkə/

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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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