vo·lute | \və-ˈlüt \

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

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volute or voluted \və-ˈlü-təd \ adjective

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Using two volutes reduces turbo lag, the delay between pressing the accelerator and when the turbo kicks in, and improves low-RPM torque. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018

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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 voluble

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