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Unfortunately, there isn't yet an ellipsoid primitive in Gazebo. The only way to use one right now would be to create one with a CAD program and export it to a mesh format supported by Gazebo 7 (COLLADA, STL or OBJ).

Here's a tutorial explaining how to import meshes using SDF:

http://gazebosim.org/tutorials?tut=attach_meshes&cat=build_robot

And here's an issue tracking the feature request for ellipsoid support. You could vote for that issue:

https://bitbucket.org/osrf/gazebo/issues/522/consider-support-for-ellipsoid-geometric