volute

noun
vo·​lute | \ və-ˈlüt How to pronounce volute (audio) \

Definition of volute

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

Other Words from volute

volute or voluted \ və-​ˈlü-​təd How to pronounce volute (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of volute

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for volute

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

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“Volute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volute. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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