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

  • adj. Shaped like an egg; oval.
  • adj. Botany Broad and rounded at the base and tapering toward the end: an ovate leaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like an egg.
  • adj. Egg-shaped, with the broadest extremity near the base.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shaped like an egg, with the lower extremity broadest.
  • adj. Having the shape of an egg, or of the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end basal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Egg-shaped.
  • n. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. rounded like an egg
  • adj. of a leaf shape; egg-shaped with the broader end at the base


Latin ōvātus, from ōvum, egg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin ovatus (Wiktionary)



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