ab ovo usque ad mala

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ab ˈoː.u̯oː ˈuːs.kʷe ad ˈmaː.la/, [äb ˈoːu̯oː ˈuːs̠kʷɛ äd̪ ˈmäːɫ̪ä]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ab ˈo.vo ˈus.kwe ad ˈma.la/, [äb ˈɔːvɔ ˈuskwɛ äd̪ ˈmäːlä]

Adverb[edit]

ab ōvō ūsque ad māla (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) from the beginning to the end; from soup to nuts.
    • 1843, Friedrich H. C. Düsterdieck, Quae de Ignatianarum epistolarum authentia, page 31.
      Desperatam vero isti loco adhibet medicinam Meierus, com quasi recentiora assumenta ejusmodi ampullas jubeat resecari; toti enim isti capiti brevior textus ita substratus est, ut ab ovo usque ad mala continua interpretatione amplificetur, atque congeries ista plane integra, quae quantaque sit, videatur.
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