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  1. inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end at the base.

Origin of obovate

First recorded in 1775–85; ob- + ovate
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Examples from the Web for obovate

Historical Examples

  • Obovate, same as ovate, but with the stem at the narrow end.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • Leaves broad, obovate, abruptly pointed and doubly serrated.

  • Fruit medium, obovate, attractive, juicy; good; Oct. and Nov.

  • (1-3 inches) long; leaves elliptical-ovate to obovate, 2.5-8 cm.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

  • (1-2 inches) long; leaves ovate-orbicular or obovate, 3-6 cm.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

British Dictionary definitions for obovate


  1. (of a leaf or similar flat part) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg with the narrower end at the base; inversely ovate
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