ovary

[oh-vuh-ree]
noun, plural ovaries.
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. the female gonad or reproductive gland, in which the ova and the hormones that regulate female secondary sex characteristics develop.
2.
Botany. the enlarged lower part of the pistil in angiospermous plants, enclosing the ovules or young seeds.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin ōvārium. See ovum, -ary

pseudovary, noun, plural pseudovaries.
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ovary (ˈəʊvərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  either of the two female reproductive organs, which produce ova and secrete oestrogen hormones
2.  the corresponding organ in vertebrate and invertebrate animals
3.  botany the hollow basal region of a carpel containing one or more ovules. In some plants the carpels are united to form a single compound ovary
 
[C17: from New Latin ōvārium, from Latin ōvum egg]
 
ovarian
 
adj

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ovary
1650s, from Mod.L. ovarium "ovary" (16c.), from M.L. ovaria "the ovary of a bird" (13c.), from L. ovum "egg," from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg). In classical L., ovarius meant "egg-keeper."
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ovary o·va·ry (ō'və-rē)
n.
One of the paired female reproductive organs that produce ova and certain sex hormones, including estrogen. Also called oophoron.


o·var'i·an (ō-vâr'ē-ən) adj.
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ovary  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ō'və-rē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The reproductive organ in female animals that produces eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In most vertebrate animals, the ovaries occur in pairs. In mammals, the ovaries contain numerous follicles, which house the developing eggs (oocytes). See more at menstrual cycle, ovulation.

  2. The part of a carpel or of a gynoecium made of fused carpels that contains the ovules in a flower. The ovary is located at the base of the carpel and ripens into a fruit after fertilization of one or more of the ovules. See more at flower.


ovarian adjective (ō-vâr'ē-ən)
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ovaries definition


sing. ovary

The paired organs in the female reproductive system that produce ova and release certain hormones, such as estrogen.

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Example sentences
If a prized mare dies unexpectedly, the eggs from her ovaries can be harvested
  quickly and stored.
The ova are developed from the primitive germ cells which are imbedded in the
  substance of the ovaries.
When the ova are discharged from the ovaries they are carried to the uterine
  cavity through the uterine tubes.
Then, as if reaching into a pumpkin with its lid cut free, he pulls out the
  beagle's uterus and ovaries.
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