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# What is the difference between an ellipse and an oval?

## Answer

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###### September 24, 2011 5:06PM

An ellipse always has two axes of reflection; an oval has one or more.

So, an egg-shape is an oval, but not an ellipse.

In short an ellipse **is** an oval, but an oval **may** or
* may not* be an ellipse.

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