volute

noun vo·lute \ və-ˈlüt \
|Updated on: 1 Jul 2018

Definition of volute

1 : a spiral or scroll-shaped form
2 : a spiral scroll-shaped ornament forming the chief feature of the Ionic capital
3 a : any of various marine gastropod mollusks (family Volutidae) with a thick short-spired shell
b : the shell of a volute

volute

or voluted play \və-ˈlü-təd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of volute

Latin voluta, from feminine of volutus, past participle of volvere to roll — more at voluble


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