verb (used with or without object), con·vo·lut·ed, con·vo·lut·ing.
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;Related formscon·vo·lute·ly, adverbsub·con·vo·lute, adjectivesub·con·vo·lute·ly, adverbun·con·vo·lute, adjectiveun·con·vo·lute·ly, adverb
< Latin convolūtus
rolled up, equivalent to convolū-
(stem of convolvere
) + -tus
past participle suffix
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for convolute
Historical Examples of 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.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for convolute
to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
Derived Formsconvolutely, adverb
botany rolled longitudinally upon itselfa convolute petal
Word Origin for convolute
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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