/sperr'meuh thee"keuh/, n., pl. spermathecae /-see/. Zool.
a small sac or cavity in female or hermaphroditic invertebrates used to store sperm for fertilizing eggs, as in the queen bee.
[1820-30; sperma- (var. of SPERMATO-, SPERMO-) + THECA]

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