volute

noun 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
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

Origin and Etymology of volute

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


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