- having a shape like the longitudinal section of an egg.
- having such a shape with the broader end at the base, as a leaf.
Origin of ovate
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Historical Examples of ovate
The cap or head varies in form from rounded to ovate or cone shape.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Heart-shaped or cordate, similar to ovate, but with a notch at the base.
Obovate, same as ovate, but with the stem at the narrow end.
The first glume is shorter than the second, ovate, obtuse, 7- to 9-nerved.
The fourth glume is as long as the third, ovate, obtuse, paleate.
- shaped like an egg
- (esp of a leaf) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end at the baseCompare obovate
Word Origin for ovate
1723, from assumed Latin plural Ovates, from Greek Ouateis "soothsayers, prophets," mentioned by Strabo as a third order in the Gaulish hierarchy, from Proto-Celtic *vateis, plural of *vatis, cognate with Latin vatis, Old Irish faith, Welsh ofydd. The modern word, and the artificial senses attached to it, are from the 18c. Celtic revival and the word appears first in Henry Rowlands.
1760, from Latin ovatus "egg-shaped," from ovum "egg" (see ovum).