Oval vs. Ovular

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Main Difference

The main difference between Oval and Ovular is that the Oval is a shape and Ovular is a plant structure and its female reproductive cells.

  • Oval

    An oval (from Latin ovum, “egg”) is a closed curve in a plane which “loosely” resembles the outline of an egg. The term is not very specific, but in some areas (projective geometry, technical drawing, etc.) it is given a more precise definition, which may include either one or two axes of symmetry. In common English, the term is used in a broader sense: any shape which reminds one of an egg. The three-dimensional version of an oval is called an ovoid.

  • Ovular

    In seed plants, the ovule (“small egg”) is the structure that gives rise to and contains the female reproductive cells. It consists of three parts: The integument(s), forming its outer layer(s), the nucellus (or remnant of the megasporangium), and the female gametophyte (formed from a haploid megaspore) in its center. The female gametophyte — specifically termed a megagametophyte— is also called the embryo sac in angiosperms. The megagametophyte produces an egg cell (or several in some groups) for the purpose of fertilization.

  • Oval (noun)

    A shape rather like an egg or an ellipse.

  • Oval (noun)

    A sporting arena etc. of this shape.

  • Oval (noun)

    In a projective plane, a set of points, no three collinear, such that there is a unique tangent line at each point. (A tangent line is defined as a line meeting the point set at only one point, also known as a 1-secant.)

  • Oval (adjective)

    Having the shape of an oval.

  • Oval (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an ovum.

    “oval conceptions”

  • Ovular (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an ovule.

  • Ovular (noun)

    A seminar for feminists.

  • Oval (adjective)

    having a rounded and slightly elongated outline or shape like that of an egg

    “her smooth oval face”

  • Oval (noun)

    a body, object, or design with an oval shape or outline

    “cut out two small ovals from the felt”

  • Oval (noun)

    an oval sports field or racing track.

  • Oval (noun)

    a ground for Australian Rules football.

Oxford Dictionary

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