: shaped like an egg
: having an outline like a longitudinal section of an egg with the basal end broader
ovate leaves
see leaf illustration

Examples of ovate in a Sentence

the governor's bald, ovate head makes him an easy target for caricaturists
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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ovate was in 1760

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“Ovate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovate. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: shaped like an egg in outline with the base wider than the end
ovate leaves

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