n. [Gr. proteros, before; thesis, an arranging]
In Hymenoptera, the laying of eggs by certain solitary wasps and bees, which first produce females and then males.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • proterothesis — proteroth·e·sis …   English syllables

  • proterothesis — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈräthəsə̇s noun ( es) Etymology: New Latin, from proter + Greek thesis setting, position more at thesis : the laying of female producing eggs in the first cells constructed by some solitary wasps and bees after which male producing eggs… …   Useful english dictionary

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