ov·ule (ŏvyl, ōvyl)
1. Botany A structure in seed plants that consists of the embryo sac surrounded by the nucellus and one or two integuments and that develops into a seed after it is fertilized.
2. Zoology A small or immature ovum.
[New Latin ōvulum, diminutive of Latin ōvum, egg; see awi- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ovu·lar (ŏvyə-lər, ōvyə-), ovu·lar′y (-lĕr′ē) adj.
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