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.
Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.
Origin of ovum
< Latin ōvum egg1
; cognate with Greek ōión
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The ova will now adhere together, and some water should be added.
It is advisable that the ova should be obtained from the fish.
The ova should be watched during this time, and the dead ones removed.
The shells of the ova must be removed from the hatching trays.
Everything should now be ready for the reception of the ova.
British Dictionary definitions for ova
noun plural ova (ˈəʊvə)
an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell
Word Origin for ovum
from Latin: egg
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Word Origin and History for ova
(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.)).
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n. pl. o•va (ō′və)
The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.
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The female sex cells, produced in the ovary and released during ovulation; the eggs. An ovum must normally be fertilized (see fertilization) to develop into a new living thing.
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