[ oh-vuh-loh ]
/ ˈoʊ vəˌloʊ /

noun, plural o·vo·li [oh-vuh-lahy] /ˈoʊ vəˌlaɪ/. Architecture.

a convex molding forming or approximating in section a quarter of a circle or ellipse.

Origin of ovolo

1655–65; < Italian, variant (now obsolete) of uovolo, diminutive of uovo egg1 < Latin ōvum
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/ (ˈəʊvəˌləʊ) /

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

architect a convex moulding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or ellipseAlso called: quarter round, thumb Compare congé (def. 3), echinus (def. 1)

Word Origin for ovolo

C17: from Italian: a little egg, from ovo egg, from Latin ōvum
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