ab ovo

ab ovo

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

Origin:
literally, from the egg

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ab ovo (æb ˈəʊvəʊ)
 
from the beginning
 
[literally: from the egg]

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ab ovo

in literature, the practice of beginning a poetic narrative at the earliest possible chronological point. The Latin poet and critic Horace approvingly notes in Ars poetica that Homer does not begin a tale of the Trojan War with the twin egg from which Helen was born but rather in the middle of events

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