variants: or less commonly volvell \ ˈvälˌvel \
plural -s

Definition of volvelle

: an old contrivance for ascertaining the time of the rising and setting of the moon and sun and the time of high and low tide consisting of one or more movable circles with pointers and figures of the moon and sun which are placed upon several graduated and figured circles drawn on the leaf of a book

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History and Etymology for volvelle

Middle English volvelle, probably from Medieval Latin volvella, from Latin volvere to roll, turn + -ella

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“Volvelle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volvelle. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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