adjective sub·ovate \¦səb+\
variants: or



Definition of subovate

  1. :  not quite ovate :  approximately ovate

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Origin and Etymology of subovate

sub- + ovate or obsolete English ovated, from Latin ovatus ovate + English -ed — more at ovate

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