American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Botany Egg-shaped and flat, with the narrow end attached to the stalk: an obovate leaf.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In natural history, inversely ovate; having the broad end upward or toward the apex, as in many leaves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end downward.
- adj. (of a leaf shape) egg-shaped with the narrower end at the base
- ob- + ovate (Wiktionary)
“Dodonaea microzyga, F.M. Somewhat viscid, almost glabrous; leaves with 1 to 2 pairs of small obovate-cuneate leaflets; in front rounded, or truncate, or retuse, or sometimes 3-toothed, flat at the margin; rachis dilated; fruit-bearing pedicels solitary; capsules 3 to 4-celled; valves cymbeo-semiorbicular, all around broadly winged; the wing rounded-blunt on both extremities; dissepiments persistent with the columella.”
“Leaves opposite, shiny, elliptic to obovate, broadly ovate with a sharp tip.”
“LEAVES: Variable, smooth or slightly rough, narrow and long, ovate to obovate or broadly so.”
“Leaflets often without a stalk but the larger leaflets sometimes with a winged stalk, obovate to elliptic, roughly hairy above, softly hairy beneath.”
“LEAVES: 3-foliolate, the middle leaflet being largest, obovate and with toothed margin, lateral ones much smaller and usually elliptic.”
“LEAVES: With bases sheathing round the stem, usually obovate to elliptic with deep lobes and usually with bristles at base of leaf stalk.”
“Leaves usually obovate, short-stalked, conspicuously veined below.”
“The obovate leaflets are generally 6-12 cm long and 2-15 cm wide. but size varies greatly.”
“Leaves are fleshy, flat, oblong - obovate, 1 - 25 cm in length The yellow flowers open only for a few hours in the morning.”
“The obovate leaflets are generally 6-12 cm long and 2-15 cm wide, but size varies greatly.”
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