[ ob-vuh-loot ]
/ ˈɒb vəˌlut /


rolled or turned in.
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.

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


ob·vo·lu·tion, nounob·vo·lu·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for obvolute

/ (ˈɒbvəˌluːt) /


(of leaves or petals in the bud) folded so that the margins overlap each other
turned in or rolled

Derived forms of obvolute

obvolution, nounobvolutive, adjective

Word Origin for obvolute

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