verb cir·cum·vo·lute \(ˌ)sərˈkəmvəˌlüt, ¦sərkəmvō¦lüt\

Definition of circumvolute


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to wind or turn in volutions especially in an inward spiral (as of a snail shell or the capital scroll of an Ionic column)

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to encircle or entangle with something twisted or wound around

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Origin and Etymology of circumvolute

Latin circumvolutus, past participle of circumvolvere to revolve, roll around, from circum- + volvere to roll — more at voluble

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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