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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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Thin conical shell, number of whorls 4, umbilicus imperforate, shell brown in colour, dextral, thin, ovately oblong and smooth, umbilicus closed, body whorl enlarged, angular above and inflated below, sutures obliquely depressed, aperture large mango shaped pointed above and inflated below, columella twisted and oblique, shell sculpture spirally striated, apex very short, thin and pointed.
Tegmina with prominent venation, ovately elongate, entirely covering the abdomen and extending over the last tergite process.