ovary

[oh-vuh-ree]
noun, plural o·va·ries.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. the female gonad or reproductive gland, in which the ova and the hormones that regulate female secondary sex characteristics develop.
  2. Botany. the enlarged lower part of the pistil in angiospermous plants, enclosing the ovules or young seeds.

Origin of ovary

From the New Latin word ōvārium, dating back to 1650–60. See ovum, -ary
Related formspseud·o·va·ry, noun, plural pseud·o·va·ries.
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Examples from the Web for ovary

Historical Examples of ovary

  • Pontidera thought that its office was to keep the ovary in a moist condition.

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  • The pistil is divided into three parts, ovary, style, and stigma.

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  • The pistil is generally divisible into the ovary or germen, the style and the stigma.

  • The storehouse for the seeds they call the 'ovary,' from the Latin ovum, an egg.

  • Instead of 'ovary,' I shall say 'Treasury' (for a seed isn't an egg, but it is a treasure).


British Dictionary definitions for ovary

ovary

noun plural -ries
  1. either of the two female reproductive organs, which produce ova and secrete oestrogen hormones
  2. the corresponding organ in vertebrate and invertebrate animals
  3. botany the hollow basal region of a carpel containing one or more ovules. In some plants the carpels are united to form a single compound ovary
Derived Formsovarian (əʊˈvɛərɪən), adjective

Word Origin for ovary

C17: from New Latin ōvārium, from Latin ōvum egg
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Word Origin and History for ovary
n.

1650s, from Modern Latin ovarium "ovary" (16c.), from Medieval Latin ovaria "the ovary of a bird" (13c.), from Latin ovum "egg," from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg (n.)). In classical Latin, ovarius meant "egg-keeper."

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ovary in Medicine

ovary

və-rē]
n.
  1. One of the paired female reproductive organs that produce ova and certain sex hormones, including estrogen.oophoron
Related formso•vari•an (ō-vârē-ən) adj.
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ovary in Science

ovary

və-rē]
  1. The reproductive organ in female animals that produces eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In most vertebrate animals, the ovaries occur in pairs. In mammals, the ovaries contain numerous follicles, which house the developing eggs (oocytes). See more at menstrual cycle ovulation.
  2. The part of a carpel or of a gynoecium made of fused carpels that contains the ovules in a flower. The ovary is located at the base of the carpel and ripens into a fruit after fertilization of one or more of the ovules. See more at flower.
Related formsovarian adjective (ō-vârē-ən)
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