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

  • Of or pertaining to an ovation.
  • 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.

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


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

New Latin ōvārium, from Latin ōvum, egg; see awi- in Indo-European roots.



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