- Bot. having the shape of the longitudinal section of an egg, esp. with the broader end at the base
Origin: L ovatus from ovum, egg
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- Shaped like an egg; oval.
- Botany Broad and rounded at the base and tapering toward the end: an ovate leaf.
Origin: Latin ōvātus, from ōvum, egg; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
- oˈvateˌly adverb