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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. From the beginning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, from the egg; hence, from the very beginning, generally with allusion to the Roman custom of beginning a meal with eggs.


Latin ab ōvō : ab, from + ōvō, ablative of ōvum, egg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Latin ab ovo (literally "from the egg") (Wiktionary)


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  • JM scrambles ‘ab ovo’ and gets ‘voo ba’ and is waiting for an answer

    August 9, 2009