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ab ovo

[ahb oh-woh; English ab oh-voh] /ɑb ˈoʊ woʊ; English æb ˈoʊ voʊ/
adverb, Latin.
1.
from the beginning.
Origin
literally, from the egg
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ab ovo

/æb ˈəʊvəʊ/
uknown
1.
from the beginning
Word Origin
literally: from the egg
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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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