\ ˈō-ˌvȯid How to pronounce ovoid (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ovoidal \ ō-​ˈvȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce ovoidal (audio) \

Definition of ovoid

: resembling an egg in shape : ovate an ovoid fruit

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Other Words from ovoid

ovoid noun

Synonyms for ovoid


elliptical (or elliptic), oval, ovate

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Examples of ovoid in a Sentence

an ovoid toy that the baby couldn't tip over

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In front of me was a black ovoid stone, known as the omphalos, set on the spot in Greek mythology where two eagles loosed by Zeus crossed paths at the earth’s nexus. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 The unique buildings that starchitects produce often set themselves apart from the fabric of their locations—amid a neighborhood of brick town houses there will suddenly appear, for instance, a silver blob like the ovoid spaceship from Arrival. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "From architect to tastemaker, Bjarke Ingels is designing the future.," 2 May 2018 Haider Ackermann sliced and diced suiting so that a sharp, perfectly cut collarless jacket turned to reveal an ovoid curve cutout at the back, playing hide and seek with a muscle tank. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "In the Russian Embassy With Comme des Garçons, and Other Weirdness," 1 Oct. 2017 The ovoid shape wobbled slowly downward in the brackish water. John Lahr, Esquire, "Fishing with My Father," 16 June 2016 This was largely thanks to my childhood home, whose crowning feature was a beautiful, ovoid, blue-bottomed backyard pool, rimmed with tile the same color as brick. Matt Grant, Longreads, "In a Swimming Pool, Learning to Trust," 21 Aug. 2017 On the weekend of July 29, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute celebrated the hatching of an adorable brown kiwi—a squat, ovoid bird native to New Zealand’s North Island. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie," 9 Aug. 2017 The ovoid forms, in beige, puce and black, recall human breasts as much as cows’ udders or sex organs, and for Rama, anyway, sexual readings were never to be evaded. Jason Farago, New York Times, "The Psychosexual World of Carol Rama Still Shocks," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of ovoid

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ovoid

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

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The first known use of ovoid was in 1776

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English Language Learners Definition of ovoid

formal : shaped like an egg


\ ˈō-ˌvȯid How to pronounce ovoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of ovoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shaped like an egg an ovoid tumor



Medical Definition of ovoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: an ovoid radium applicator placed within the vagina for radiotherapy

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