adjective. (of a leaf shape) egg-shaped with the narrower end at the base.
1. Adjective Horse chestnut leaves are large and obovate (teardrop-shaped with the point at the stem end), with coarse teeth and seven leaflets. 2. Noun, singular or mass Oval and round are easy, but if the leaf is wider at the top than the bottom, it's obovate. 3. Verb, base form The leaflets are less than 2 inches long and vary from rhomboid, or diamond-shaped, to obovate with the broadest part of the leaflet just above its middle.