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1. Resembling an egg in shape.
2. Resembling an ellipse in shape; elliptical.
1. An egg-shaped or elliptical form or figure.
2. An elliptical track, as for racing or athletic events.

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

o′val·ly adv.
o′val·ness n.
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