volute

noun

vo·​lute və-ˈlüt How to pronounce volute (audio)
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 adjective
or voluted

Word History

Etymology

Latin voluta, from feminine of volutus, past participle of volvere to roll — more at wallow entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of volute was circa 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Volute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volute. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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