ovate (n.) 1723, from assumed Latin pl. Ovates, from Gk. Ouateis "soothsayers, prophets," mentioned by Strabo as a third order in the Gaulish hierarchy, from Proto-Celtic *vateis, plural of *vatis, cognate with L. vatis, O.Ir. faith, Welsh ofydd. The modern word, and the artificial senses attached to it, are from the 18c. Celtic revival and the word appears first in Henry Rowlands.

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  • ovate — ovate …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • ovate — [ ɔvat ] n. m. • 1874; plur. lat. °ovates, gr. ouateis, lat. class. vates « celui qui prédit l avenir » ♦ Hist. relig. Prêtre gaulois, entre les druides et les bardes, dans la hiérarchie druidique. ⇒OVATE, subst. masc. HIST. Prêtre gaulois,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ovate — O vate, a. [L. ovatus, from ovum egg. See {Oval}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Shaped like an egg, with the lower extremity broadest. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Having the shape of an egg, or of the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end basal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ovate — can mean:* Shaped like an egg. This is commonly used to describe leaves, such as those of the trumpet vine. * A junior rank in an organisation in which the highest rank is called druid . See gorsedd, and neo druidism. * the second of three titles …   Wikipedia

  • ovate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ oval; egg shaped. ORIGIN Latin ovatus …   English terms dictionary

  • ovate — [ō′vāt΄] adj. [L ovatus < ovum,EGG1] 1. egg shaped 2. Bot. having the shape of the longitudinal section of an egg, esp. with the broader end at the base: see LEAF …   English World dictionary

  • ovate — ob·ovate; sub·ovate; ovate; …   English syllables

  • ovate — adjective Date: 1760 1. shaped like an egg 2. having an outline like a longitudinal section of an egg with the basal end broader < ovate leaves > see leaf illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ovate — Le mot ovate est un titre (ou grade) du mouvement néodruidique contemporain. C est la déformation du mot vate qui, avec le druide et le barde composaient la classe sacerdotale des Celtes de l Antiquité. Il est spécialisé dans l étude des plantes… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ovate-acuminate — O vate a*cu mi*nate, a. Having an ovate form, but narrowed at the end into a slender point. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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