ab ovo usque ad mala

from the egg to the apples

Notes

From Horace, Satire 1.3. Means "from beginning to end", based on the Roman main meal typically beginning with an egg dish and ending with fruit (cf. the English phrase soup to nuts). Thus, ab ovo means "from the beginning", and can also connote thoroughness.

Words

  • usqueall the way, even, up to
  • malajaw