noun, plural o·va [oh-vuh] /ˈoʊ və/.
- Cell Biology.
- the female reproductive cell or gamete of animals, which is capable of developing, usually only after fertilization, into a new individual.
- the female reproductive cell or gamete of plants.
- Architecture. an oval ornament, as in an egg-and-dart molding.
noun plural ova (ˈəʊvə)
- an unfertilized female gamete; egg cell
n.(plural ova), 1706, from Latin ovum “egg,” cognate with Greek oon, Old Norse egg, Old English æg, all perhaps from PIE root *awi- (see egg (n.)). n. pl. o•va (ō′və)
- The female reproductive cell or gamete; egg.
- The mature reproductive cell of female animals, produced in the ovaries. See more at egg.