[ kon-vuh-loot ]
See synonyms for: convoluteconvoluted on

verb (used with or without object),con·vo·lut·ed, con·vo·lut·ing.
  1. to coil up; form into a twisted shape.

  1. rolled up together or with one part over another.

  2. 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

Other words from convolute

  • con·vo·lute·ly, adverb
  • sub·con·vo·lute, adjective
  • sub·con·vo·lute·ly, adverb
  • un·con·vo·lute, adjective
  • un·con·vo·lute·ly, adverb

Words Nearby convolute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use convolute in a sentence

  • A spiral shell is said to be discoidal, when the whorls are so horizontally convolute as to form a flattened spire.

    A Conchological Manual | George Brettingham Sowerby

British Dictionary definitions for convolute


/ (ˈkɒnvəˌluːt) /

  1. to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape

  1. botany rolled longitudinally upon itself: a convolute petal

  2. another word for convoluted (def. 2)

Origin of convolute

C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn

Derived forms of convolute

  • convolutely, adverb

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