Definition of Ovate

1. Adjective. Of a leaf shape; egg-shaped with the broader end at the base.

Similar to: Simple, Unsubdivided

2. Adjective. Rounded like an egg.

Definition of Ovate

1. a. Shaped like an egg, with the lower extremity broadest.

Definition of Ovate

1. Adjective. Shaped like an egg. ¹

2. Adjective. (botany) Egg-shaped, with the broadest extremity near the base. ¹

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Definition of Ovate

1. egg-shaped [adj] : OVATELY [adv]

Medical Definition of Ovate

1. Shaped like an egg in two dimensions, and attached by the wider end. Compare: ovoid. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ovate

ovarium bipartitum
ovarium disjunctum
ovarium gyratum
ovarium lobatum
ovarium masculinum
ovate (current term)
ovate leaf

Literary usage of Ovate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Class-book of Botany: Being Outlines of the Structure, Physiology, and by Alphonso Wood (1873)
"Spiko compounded of about 5 ovate, alternate, ... smooth, about twice lunger than tlie ovate- ... slightly scabrous, longer than tho ovate, white, ..."

2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"All except the lowest ks. ovate or ovate-lanceolate from a subcor- cc. ... Blades broader, usually ovate or obovate, sometimes broadly lanceolate or ..."

3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"Lvs. ovate or ovate-oblong, sparingly pubescent: cymes with larger sterile and smaller fertile fls., both with many narrow-elliptic sepals. SZ 59. ..."

4. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"Stems densely tufted, 2-6 in. long, deltoid, branched nearly to the base: Ivs. of lower plane crowded, ovate, with a distinct cusp, bright green, thick, ..."

5. Manual of Botany for North America: Containing Generic and Specific by Amos Eaton (1836)
"spikelets in fours, sessile, ovate, obtuse; lower one bracted: fruit ovate, cordate, compressed, beaked, scabrous at the margin, longer than the ovate, ..."

6. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"... dilated calyx with ovate lips, was discovered by Dr. Palmer, at Carmen Island, ... the upper oblong and sessile ; floral ones and bracts broadly ovate, ..."

7. The Cyclopædia;: Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Abraham Rees by Abraham Rees (1819)
"... paler beneath ; the middle leaflet mott elliptical, acute at each end, VOL. XXXIV. three or four inches in length ; the lateral ones mere ovate, ..."

8. Familiar Lectures on Botany: Explaining the Structure, Classification, and by Lincoln Phelps (1854)
"Wet (rarely 4). sessile, ovate or ovate-cylindrical, approximate, horizontal ; bracts very long ; fruit ovate, ventricose, nerved, with a very long rostrum, ..."

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