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  1. variant of ovi-: ovolactovegetarian.
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ab ovo

[ahb oh-woh; English ab oh-voh]
adverb Latin.
  1. from the beginning.
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Origin of ab ovo

literally, from the egg
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Historical Examples of ovo

  • Early in August, 1346, there had been erected along the shore by the Castello dell' Ovo a palisade encircling a raised platform.

    Giovanni Boccaccio, a Biographical Study

    Edward Hutton

  • Castor gaudet equis, ovo prognatus eodem / Pugnis—Castor delights in horses; he that sprung from the same egg, in boxing.

  • Calabressa walked back to Naples, and to the hotel indicated, which was near the Castello dell' Ovo.


    William Black

  • Idque non solum in ovo, sed in omni fœtu, animaliumque conceptu primo contingere, mox palam fiet.

  • As the Marchesino turned on the bridge that leads towards Castel dell' Ovo one of these boatmen met him and saluted him.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for ovo

ab ovo

  1. from the beginning
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Word Origin for ab ovo

literally: from the egg


combining form
  1. a variant of ovi-
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