ab ovo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin ab ōvō (literally from the egg).

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ab ovo (not comparable)

  1. From the beginning. [from late 16th c.][1]
    Coordinate term: in medias res
    • 2011, Ludwig Büchner, J. Frederick Collingwood, Force and Matter: Empirico-Philosophical Studies, Intelligibly Rendered, Cambridge University Press (→ISBN)
      We should be led too far, nor would it possess sufficient interest for our readers, were we, in this place specially, to discuss this important and complicated question, and to show ab ovo why this notion has been rejected.

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  1. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “ab ovo”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 7.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin ab ōvō (literally from the egg), first part from Latin ab (from, away from, on, in), from Proto-Italic *ab, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂epó (off, away). Last part from Latin ōvō, dative/ablative singular of ōvum (egg), from Proto-Italic *ōwom (egg), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm (egg), likely from *h₂éwis (bird), possibly from *h₂ew- (to enjoy, consume).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑːbˈoːʋɔ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -oːʋɔ
  • Hyphenation: ab‧o‧vo

Adverb[edit]

ab ovo

  1. (literary) ab ovo, from the beginning
    • 1867, Johan Sebastian Welhaven, Samlede Skrifter I, page 28:
      hele første akt [er] en overflødig akt, der kun viser stymperens kamp med sit stof, og hans sidste tilflugt: at begynde ab ovo
      the whole first act [is] a superfluous act showing only the stumper's struggle with his substance, and his last refuge: to begin ab ovo
    • 1869 August 10, Aftenposten:
      forfatteren fortæller sin egen livshistorie … lige ab ovo
      the author tells his own life story… just ab ovo
    å begynne ab ovo
    to start from the beginning

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ab ovo (literally from the egg).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aˈβo.βo/, /ab ˈo.βo/

Adverb[edit]

ab ovo

  1. ab ovo

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