ab ovo usque ad mala

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Literally, "from the egg to the apples", from the traditional foods that began and ended a Roman supper.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ab ˈo.woː ˈus.kʷe ad ˈmaː.la/, [ab ˈɔ.woː ˈʊs.kᶣɛ ad ˈmaː.ɫa]


ab ovō usque ad māla

  1. (idiomatic) from the beginning to the end
    • 1999, David Foster Wallace, "Authority and American Usage"
      • A Dictionary of Modern American Usage has no Editorial Staff or Distinguished Panel. It's been conceived, researched, and written ab ovo usque ad mala by Mr. Bryan A. Garner.