\ ˈäv-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce ovule (audio) , ˈōv- How to pronounce ovule (audio) \

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

Examples of ovule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unless all the ovules are pollinated evenly, berries are misshapen and seeds are different sizes. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 27 June 2019 This means that a flower has as many as 500 ovules that need to be pollinated to make a single berry. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 27 June 2019 Scientists diagnose a mysterious blockage in the flowers that keeps the sperm cells in the pollen from reaching the ovule. Richard Conniff, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2018 Fig wasps deposit pollen—and lay their own eggs—in the fig’s egg-bearing ovules. National Geographic, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovule. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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\ ˈäv-yül How to pronounce ovule (audio) , 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


\ 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 How to pronounce ovule (audio) \ adjective

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