Meaning of ab ovo in English:

ab ovo

Pronunciation /ab ˈəʊvəʊ/

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  • From the very beginning.

    ‘And he was, Samuel, a great hope, a great man ab ovo, his father in miniature.’
    • ‘Neither the somatic nor the psychobehavioral sexual characters, then, were laid down irreversibly ab ovo.’
    from the beginning, from the start, from the first
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Latin, literally ‘from the egg’.