[ kon-vuh-loot ]
/ ˈkɒn vəˌlut /
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; < Latin convolūtus rolled up, equivalent to convolū- (stem of convolvere to convolve) + -tus past participle suffix
con·vo·lute·ly, adverbsub·con·vo·lute, adjectivesub·con·vo·lute·ly, adverbun·con·vo·lute, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for convoluting
/ (ˈkɒnvəˌluːt) /
to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
botany rolled longitudinally upon itselfa convolute petal
another word for convoluted (def. 2)
Derived Formsconvolutely, adverb
Word Origin for convolute
C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn
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