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ovoid

[oh-void]
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adjective
  1. egg-shaped; having the solid form of an egg.
  2. ovate(def 2).
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noun
  1. an ovoid body.
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Origin of ovoid

From the New Latin word ōvoīdēs, dating back to 1820–30. See ovi-, -oid
Related formssub·o·void, adjective
Can be confusedavoid ovoid
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Related Words

oblongegg-shapedellipticalovateoviformellipsoidalelliptic

Examples from the Web for ovoid

Historical Examples

  • There were the odd, ovoid figures of the aviators in their silken overalls.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930

    Various

  • However, Nazu pointed to the ovoid and showed his willingness to help the strangers.

  • Mingling with the barbarians unsuspected, he might get possession of the ovoid.

  • Its seeds are ovoid, very smooth, encircled by a narrow wing.

  • These are uniform and spherical, not unequal and ovoid, like those of arrow-root.


British Dictionary definitions for ovoid

ovoid

adjective
  1. egg-shaped
  2. botany (of a fruit or similar part) egg-shaped with the broader end at the baseCompare obovoid
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noun
  1. something that is ovoid
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Word Origin and History for ovoid

adj.

"egg-shaped," 1828, from Modern Latin ovoides, a hybrid from Latin ovum (see ovum) + Greek -oeides "like" (see -oid). Related: Ovoidal.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ovoid in Medicine

ovoid

void′)
n.
  1. Something that is shaped like an egg.
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adj.
  1. Shaped like an egg; oviform.
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