ovule

noun
\ˈäv-(ˌ)yül, ˈōv- \

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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Scientists diagnose a mysterious blockage in the flowers that keeps the sperm cells in the pollen from reaching the ovule. Richard Conniff, WSJ, "‘The Plant Messiah’ Review: The Miracle Worker," 13 Apr. 2018 Fig wasps deposit pollen—and lay their own eggs—in the fig’s egg-bearing ovules. National Geographic, "One Tiny Wasp Turns a Fig Tree Into a 150-Foot-High Eden," 29 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of ovule

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ovule

New Latin ovulum, diminutive of Latin ovum

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ovule

noun
\ˈäv-yül, ˈōv-\

Kids Definition of ovule

: 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

ovule

noun
\ˈäv-(ˌ)yü(ə)l also ˈōv-\

Medical Definition of ovule 

1 : an outgrowth of the ovary of a seed plant that after fertilization develops into a seed

2 : a small egg especially : one in an early stage of growth

Other Words from ovule

ovular \-yə-lər \ adjective

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