- 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
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Examples from the Web for convolute
In Melica the leaves are convolute and the shoot-section quadrangular.
A few stiff short hairs above, and the leaves are convolute.
Convolute, rolled up lengthwise, as the leaves of the Plum in vernation, 72.The Elements of Botany
Leaves conduplicate or convolute, short and narrow, the ligule short: minute ears at base.
Lolium temulentum is similar but is more apt to be convolute, whereas L. perenne is more folded.
- to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
- botany rolled longitudinally upon itselfa convolute petal
- another word for convoluted (def. 2)
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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