intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to encircle or entangle with something twisted or wound around

Word History


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

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“Circumvolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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