having a shape like the longitudinal section of an egg.
having such a shape with the broader end at the base, as a leaf.
- o·vate·ly, adverb
- sem·i·o·vate, adjective
- sub·o·vate, adjective
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How to use ovate in a sentence
The small, ovate simple leaves grow in an opposite branching pattern on the round, green stems.
This arrangement of the scales gradually assumes a uniform appearance on the neck close to the head, where they are ovate.
The tail one-fourth the length of the body, covered with uniform ovate quadrangular scales.
Herbivorous; apod, or with very short legs: body ovate or obovate, slimy.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4) | William Kirby
The general outline is oblong-ovate, the lowest pinnæ being scarcely, if at all, shorter than those in the middle of the frond.Beautiful Ferns | Daniel Cady Eaton
At the base they are covered with large ovate-acuminate brown or sometimes dark and shining scales.Beautiful Ferns | Daniel Cady Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for ovate
shaped like an egg
(esp of a leaf) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end at the base: Compare obovate
- ovately, adverb
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