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ovate

[oh-veyt] /ˈoʊ veɪt/
adjective
2.
Botany.
  1. having a shape like the longitudinal section of an egg.
  2. having such a shape with the broader end at the base, as a leaf.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Latin ōvātus, equivalent to ōv(um) egg1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
ovately, adverb
semiovate, adjective
subovate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ovately

ovate

/ˈəʊveɪt/
adjective
1.
shaped like an egg
2.
(esp of a leaf) shaped like the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end at the base Compare obovate
Derived Forms
ovately, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ōvātus egg-shaped; see ovum
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Word Origin and History for ovately

ovate

n.

1723, from assumed Latin plural Ovates, from Greek Ouateis "soothsayers, prophets," mentioned by Strabo as a third order in the Gaulish hierarchy, from Proto-Celtic *vateis, plural of *vatis, cognate with Latin vatis, Old Irish 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.

adj.

1760, from Latin ovatus "egg-shaped," from ovum "egg" (see ovum).

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