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[sur-kuh m-volv]
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verb (used with or without object), cir·cum·volved, cir·cum·volv·ing.
  1. to revolve or wind about.
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Origin of circumvolve

1590–1600; < Latin circumvolv(ere), equivalent to circum- circum- + volvere to roll (see evolve)
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Word Origin and History for circumvolve


1640s, from Latin circumvolvere "to roll round, revolve," from circum- (see circum-) + volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Related: Circumvolved; circumvolving.

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