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[kon-vuh-loot] /ˈkɒn vəˌlut/
verb (used with or without object), convoluted, convoluting.
to coil up; form into a twisted shape.
rolled up together or with one part over another.
Botany. coiled up longitudinally so that one margin is within the coil and the other without, as the petals of cotton.
Origin of convolute
1690-1700; < Latin convolūtus rolled up, equivalent to convolū- (stem of convolvere to convolve) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
convolutely, adverb
subconvolute, adjective
subconvolutely, adverb
unconvolute, adjective
unconvolutely, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for convolute
Historical Examples
  • The substance is gelatinous; the form is lobed, folded, or convolute, often resembling the brain of some animal.

  • convolute, rolled up lengthwise, as the leaves of the Plum in vernation, 72.

  • The imbricate and the convolute modes sometimes vary one into the other, especially in the corolla.

  • Leaves conduplicate or convolute, short and narrow, the ligule short: minute ears at base.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • In Melica the leaves are convolute and the shoot-section quadrangular.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • Tongue long, convolute, distinct, sometimes porrected in the pupa state.

  • Lolium temulentum is similar but is more apt to be convolute, whereas L. perenne is more folded.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • But the lower lip, which is drawn inwards with the curve of a conch shell,—oh what a convolute of cruelty and revenge is there!

  • The passages here run in convolute curves, the one winding in a spiral to the centre, the other receding from the centre.

  • convolute: rolled or twisted spirally: also applied to wings when they are wrapped around the body.

British Dictionary definitions for convolute


verb (transitive)
to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
(botany) rolled longitudinally upon itself: a convolute petal
another word for convoluted (sense 2)
Derived Forms
convolutely, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn
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Word Origin and History for convolute

"rolled up together," 1794, from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere (see convolution). The noun meaning "something convoluted" is from 1846.

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