- plural of ovum.
- Cell Biology.
- 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
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Historical Examples of ova
It is advisable that the ova should be obtained from the fish.
The ova will now adhere together, and some water should be added.
The ova should be watched during this time, and the dead ones removed.
They are very easily made, and the ova hatch out well in them.
Everything should now be ready for the reception of the ova.
- the plural of ovum
- an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell
Word Origin for ovum
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.)).
- The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.
- The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.