having a shape like the longitudinal section of an egg.
having such a shape with the broader end at the base, as a leaf.

1750–60; < Latin ōvātus, equivalent to ōv(um) egg1 + -ātus -ate1

ovately, adverb
semiovate, adjective
subovate, adjective
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ovate (ˈəʊveɪt)
1.  shaped like an egg
2.  Compare obovate (esp of a leaf) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end at the base
[C18: from Latin ōvātus egg-shaped; see ovum]

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Word Origin & History

1723, from assumed L. pl. Ovates, from Gk. Ouateis "soothsayers, prophets," mentioned by Strabo as a third order in the Gaulish hierarchy, from P.Celt. *vateis, pl. of *vatis, cognate with L. vatis, O.Ir. faith, Welsh ofydd. The modern word, and the artificial senses attached to it, are from the 18c.
Celtic revival and the word appears first in Henry Rowlands.
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Example sentences
The solitary, nodding flower with an unpleasant odor rises on a stalk above a whorl of three broadly ovate, diamond-shaped leaves.
All the leaves that stand above the water are lanceolate to elliptic to ovate.
The opposite stem leaves are lance-shaped to narrowly ovate and coarsely serrated.
The ovate to nearly cordate leaves are alternate, simple, darker green above and paler below with small regular teeth.
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