circumvolute

verb

cir·​cum·​vo·​lute
(ˌ)sərˈkəmvəˌlüt,
¦sərkəmvō¦lüt
-ed/-ing/-s

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

Etymology

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

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“Circumvolute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumvolute. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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