obovate

[ ob-oh-veyt ]
/ ɒbˈoʊ veɪt /

adjective

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

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Origin of obovate

First recorded in 1775–85; ob- + ovate

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British Dictionary definitions for obovate

obovate
/ (ɒbˈəʊveɪt) /

adjective

(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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