Definition of ovary in English:

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ovary

Pronunciation: /ˈōv(ə)rē/

noun (plural ovaries)

1A female reproductive organ in which ova or eggs are produced, present in humans and other vertebrates as a pair.
Example sentences
  • The remaining uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes were otherwise unremarkable.
  • No other abnormalities were detected in the cervix, uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.
  • Steroids are produced by the cortex or outer layer of the adrenal gland and by the ovaries and testes.
1.1 Botany The hollow base of the carpel of a flower, containing one or more ovules.
Example sentences
  • Each carpel has a terminal stigma and a basal ovary with a single ovule.
  • Many possess, at the base of the ovary, a disc-like nectary from which nectar is secreted via modified stomata.
  • If both of the ovaries in a flower contained pollen tubes a mean value was used in the analyses.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin ovarium, from Latin ovum 'egg'.

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Syllabification: o·va·ry

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