a small egg or seed, esp. one in an early stage of development; specif.,
- Bot. a structure in seed plants consisting of a nucellus that contains an embryo sac: it develops into a seed after fertilization
- Zool. the immature ovum in the graafian follicle
Origin of ovuleFrench from Modern Latin ovulum, diminutive from Classical Latin ovum, egg
- Botany A structure in seed plants that consists of the embryo sac surrounded by the nucellus and one or two integuments and that develops into a seed after it is fertilized.
- Zoology A small or immature ovum.
Origin of ovuleNew Latin ōvulum diminutive of Latin ōvum egg ; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
- ov′u·lar ov′u·lar′y