Definition of ovule
1 : an outgrowth of the ovary of a seed plant that is a megasporangium and encloses an embryo sac within a nucellus
2 : a small egg; especially : one in an early stage of growth
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Fig wasps deposit pollen—and lay their own eggs—in the fig’s egg-bearing ovules.
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Origin and Etymology of ovule
New Latin ovulum, diminutive of Latin ovum
First Known Use: 1762See Words from the same year
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Definition of ovule for Students
: a tiny structure in the ovary of a flower and on the scale of a cone that contains an egg cell and can develop into a seed following fertilization
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