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ab ovo

[ ahb -oh-woh; English ab -oh-voh ]
/ ɑb ˈoʊ woʊ; English æb ˈoʊ voʊ /
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adverb Latin.

from the beginning.

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Origin of ab ovo

Literally, “from the egg”
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British Dictionary definitions for ab ovo

ab ovo
/ Latin (æb ˈəʊvəʊ) /

from the beginning

Word Origin for ab ovo

literally: from the egg
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