from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, estrogen and progesterone.
- n. Botany The ovule-bearing lower part of a pistil that ripens into a fruit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female reproductive organ, often paired, that produces ova and in mammals secretes the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
- n. The lower part of a pistil or carpel that bears ovules and ripens into fruit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of the pistil which contains the seed, and in most flowering plants develops into the fruit. See Illust. of flower.
- n. The essential female reproductive organ in which the ova are produced. See Illust. of Discophora.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of a female animal in which ova, eggs, or germs are generated and matured; the essential female organ of reproduction, corresponding to the testes of the male; the female genital gland or germ-gland; the ovarium.
- n. In botany, a closed case or receptacle, the lower section of the pistil, inclosing the ovules or young seeds, and ultimately becoming the fruit.
- Of or pertaining to an ovation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the organ that bears the ovules of a flower
- n. (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone
New Latin ōvārium, from Latin ōvum, egg; see awi- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)