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ovate leaf


1. Shaped like an egg.
2. Botany Shaped like an egg and flat, with the broad end toward the base: an ovate leaf.

[Latin ōvātus, from ōvum, egg; see awi- in Indo-European roots.]

o′vate′ly adv.


1. (Biology) shaped like an egg
2. (Botany) (esp of a leaf) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end at the base. Compare obovate
[C18: from Latin ōvātus egg-shaped; see ovum]
ˈovately adv


(ˈoʊ veɪt)

1. egg-shaped.
2. egg-shaped in longitudinal section with the broader end at the base, as a leaf.
[1750–60; < Latin ōvātus=ōv(um) egg1 + -ātus -ate1]
o′vate•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ovate - of a leaf shape; egg-shaped with the broader end at the base
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
2.ovate - rounded like an egg
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"


Resembling an egg in shape:


[ˈəʊveɪt] ADJaovado
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