How can I make this ellipse node vertical (height > width). My attempt with `` does not seem to work.


\fill[gray!20!white] (-0.5,-0.4)rectangle(0.5,0.4);
\node at (0,0) [ellipse, minimum height =2,draw] (V) {\makebox[1.4\width][c]{x}}; 
\draw(V) to coordinate[pos=0.9](D1)  (-0.5,0.4);
\draw (V) -- (-0.5,-0.4);
\draw (V) to coordinate[pos=0.9](D2) (-0.5, -0.15);
\node at  (-0.4,0.13) {\vdots};
\draw (V) -- (0.5,-0.4);
\draw (V) -- (0.5, -0.15);
\draw (V) -- (0.5,0.4);
\node at (0.4,0.13) {\vdots};

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    The source code shows ellipse shape doesn't make use of key shape aspect. Currently one has to use indirect options like inner xsep/ysep and/or minimum width/height (see tex.stackexchange.com/a/103558). Aug 19, 2021 at 21:00
  • @muzimuzhiZ: Thanks. But pgfkeys does not recognize neither minimum width/height nor inner xsep/ysep. The post you linked uses minimum height, so I am not sure how to proceed.
    – Adam
    Aug 19, 2021 at 21:25
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    Try minimum height=3em instead of minimum height=3. If the value is unit-less, pt is used so the effect would be almost invisible (unless you pass a huge number). Aug 19, 2021 at 22:32
  • @muzimuzhiZ: That worked! Many thanks
    – Adam
    Aug 19, 2021 at 22:44


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