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  1. having a shape resembling that of an egg; egg-shaped; ovoid.
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Origin of oviform

First recorded in 1675–85; ovi- + -form
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Historical Examples

  • (b) An oviform beaker-shaped Vase decorated with prunus blossom and branches, similar to the above in colour.

    Chats on Oriental China

    J. F. Blacker

  • Oviform and hollowed out at the base without posterior angles.

  • The vase itself was very lovely; it was oviform with a graceful, flaring neck.

    The Unpublishable Memoirs

    A. S. W. Rosenbach

British Dictionary definitions for oviform


  1. biology shaped like an egg
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Word Origin and History for oviform


"egg-shaped," 1680s, from ovi-, comb. form of Latin ovus "egg" (see ovum) + forma (see form (n.)).

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oviform in Medicine


  1. Shaped like an egg; ovoid.
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