noun, plural o·va [oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/.
- the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
- the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
Origin of ovum
Examples from the Web for ova
The yolk arises, in the manner described by Gegenbaur, in ova of about 0.06 mm.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
The ova is of a delicate salmon colour and the cell-walls are semi-transparent—so much so that the embryo shows plainly through.Poachers and Poaching|John Watson
The principal microscopic objects which are measured clinically are animal parasites and their ova and abnormal blood-corpuscles.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
An ordinary charcoal filter will effectually prevent the passage of the ova, since their diameter is nearly 1/370 of an inch.
Hering thinks that a direct infection by the ova is sufficient; but he gives no proof of the truth of this hypothesis.
noun plural ova (ˈəʊvə)
Word Origin for ovum
(plural ova), 1706, from Latin ovum "egg," cognate with Greek oon, Old Norse egg, Old English æg, all perhaps from PIE root *awi- (see egg (n.)).
n. pl. o•va (ō′və)