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obovoid

[ob-oh-void]
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adjective
  1. inversely ovoid; ovoid with the narrow end at the base, as certain fruits.

Origin of obovoid

First recorded in 1810–20; ob- + ovoid
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Examples from the Web for obovoid

Historical Examples

  • Think of the shape as obovoid, and then bent somewhat to the side.

    Seeds of Michigan Weeds

    W. J. (William James) Beal

  • Plasmodium white; sporangia greyish-white, obovoid or wedge-shaped, .7 mm.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

  • Spikelets are obovoid or lanceolate, 1- to 2-flowered, persistent on their stalks, one to three in an involucel.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • Grain is narrow, obovoid, biconvex, with two grooves on the anterior side and with a long embryo.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • Grain is minute, globose, obgloboid or obovoid, free in the glume and the palea.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar


British Dictionary definitions for obovoid

obovoid

adjective
  1. (of a fruit or similar solid part) egg-shaped with the narrower end at the baseCompare ovoid (def. 2)
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