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Definition

Originally developed as "Ovomaltine" ("Ovo" for Eggs and Malt, it's main ingredients) around 1904, Ovaltine has had a long and hoary existence around the world.

"Oval", as it was called by hip in-the-know desi moms in the 70s and 80s, was for some strange reason, part of the drinks menu troika offered to guests along with Coffee and Tea..

It was replaced by the suspiciously identical sounding and tasting Maltova sometime in the 80s (a nice trademark/copyright circumvent, one presumes) ..

Usage

Tambrahm Mami, circa 1980: Vango vango, enna sapidrel, kapi? tea? oval? (Welcome, welcome, what will you have coffee? tea? oval?)
Added 2013-03-02 by Side Character

Root

English

Region

All India