One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The part of the ovary of seed plants that contains the female germ cell and after fertilization becomes the seed.
embryo, bud, nucleus, seed, spore, egg, ovumView synonyms
- ‘The number of pollen tubes and ovules in the ovaries of each of six dissected pistils from each cross is shown.’
- ‘Once the pollen has fertilized the egg cell contained within the ovule, the ovule develops into a seed, and the ovary of the enclosing carpel begins to enlarge and ripen, forming the fruit.’
- ‘It is well known that most flowering plants produce more ovules than the number of seeds they mature.’
- ‘Relative to self-pollination, outcross pollination results in greater proportion of flowers setting fruit, and greater proportion of ovules yielding seeds per fruit.’
- ‘Distal flowers are often smaller and produce fewer or smaller ovules, seeds and fruits, but they may have higher pollen production.’
Early 19th century: from French, from medieval Latin ovulum, diminutive of ovum.
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