Definition of ovate in English:

ovate

adjective

Biology
  • Having an oval outline or ovoid shape, like an egg.

    • ‘The shape varies but it is usually ovate, kidney-shaped, or bean-shaped.’
    • ‘The red mangrove with smaller, ovate leaves, grows in the shallow edges of the water.’
    • ‘The lobes, which are preserved as carbonized remains of round or ovate outline, have a thickened or darkened rim.’
    • ‘The surfaces have an ovate outline and are mildly convex.’
    • ‘This proposed suborder is defined by a number of synapomorphies of the carapace including ovate shape, presence of an oblique fold, short hinge line, and a convex posterior margin.’
    oval, egg-shaped, elliptic, ovate, ovoid, oviform, ellipsoidal
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin ovatus egg-shaped.

Pronunciation:

ovate

/ˈōvāt/