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

Definition of circumvolute

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

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History and Etymology for circumvolute

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

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“Circumvolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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