variants or less commonly ovoidal
: resembling an egg in shape : ovate
an ovoid fruit
ovoid noun

Examples of ovoid in a Sentence

an ovoid toy that the baby couldn't tip over
Recent Examples on the Web The signature look of this series is black on white, the black paint roughly laid on in alternating vertical swaths and ovoid shapes, with drips and dribbles here and there. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 16 June 2023 My freestanding ovoid bathtub, designed by Zucchetti Kos, flanked the window, providing an exceptional view of terra-cotta rooftops and carefully planted terraces from neighboring upscale apartment buildings. Jackie Cooperman, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2023 Walk up to the car and the clear, ovoid doors open in butterfly form, welcoming you into the spacious cabin. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 17 Dec. 2022 Clad in travertine marble, a columned square structure shades the ovoid form of the performance hall. Dallas News, 4 May 2022 Physical examination revealed a white, ovoid mass, 5 mm by 6 mm, that straddled the inferotemporal limbus (Panel A), with several black hairs (Panel B). Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2013 The vertical stones form an ovoid chamber (dolmen) connecting to a long (21 meters, or 69 feet) corridor. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2022 Flotation therapy involves floating in a dark and very quiet ovoid chamber (imagine a giant egg), which is filled with salty water warmed to near body temperature. Kate Murphy, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 The egg is all of life condensed into one smooth, ovoid shell. Ruby Tandoh, Bon Appétit, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History


French ovoïde, from Latin ovum egg — more at egg entry 1

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ovoid was in 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Ovoid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: ovate

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: shaped like an egg
an ovoid tumor


2 of 2 noun
: an ovoid radium applicator placed within the vagina for radiotherapy

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