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obvolute

[ob-vuh-loot]
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adjective
  1. rolled or turned in.
  2. Botany. noting or pertaining to a vernation in which two leaves are folded together in the bud so that one half of each is exterior and the other interior.
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Origin of obvolute

1750–60; < Latin obvolūtus (past participle of obvolvere to cover by wrapping up), equivalent to ob- ob- + volū-, base of volvere to turn, roll + -tus past participle suffix; see volute
Related formsob·vo·lu·tion, nounob·vo·lu·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Obvolute: folded together, but the opposite leaves half inclosing each other.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • Obvolute (in the bud), when the margins of one piece or leaf alternately overlap those of the opposite one.


British Dictionary definitions for obvolute

obvolute

adjective
  1. (of leaves or petals in the bud) folded so that the margins overlap each other
  2. turned in or rolled
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Derived Formsobvolution, nounobvolutive, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin obvolūtus past participle of obvolvere, from ob- to, over + volvere to roll
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