Of a 2-dimensional structure that is egg-shaped in outline but broadest above the middle, e.g. the leaflets of Ceratozamia euryphyllidia.
  See also elliptic, ovate.

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  • Obovate — Ob*o vate a. [Pref. ob + ovate.] (Bot.) Inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end downward; as, an obovate leaf. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obovate — [äb ō′vāt] adj. inversely ovate; having the shape of the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broad end at the top, as some leaves: see LEAF …   English World dictionary

  • obovate — adjective Date: 1785 ovate with the narrower end basal < obovate leaves > see leaf illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • obovate — adj. [L. ob, inverse; ovate, egg shaped] Inversely eggshaped with narrower end downward …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • obovate — /ob oh vayt/, adj. inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end at the base. [1775 85; OB + OVATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • obovate — adjective Shaped like an egg, with the broad extremity located away from the base …   Wiktionary

  • obovate — [ɒb əʊveɪt] adjective Botany (of a leaf) ovate, with the narrower end at the base …   English new terms dictionary

  • obovate — ob·ovate …   English syllables

  • obovate — ob•o•vate [[t]ɒbˈoʊ veɪt[/t]] adj. bot inversely ovate; egg shaped in longitudinal section, or outline, with the narrow end at the base • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • obovate — /ɒbˈoʊveɪt/ (say ob ohvayt) adjective (of a leaf) inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end at the base. {ob + ovate} …  

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