- 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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Examples from the Web for ovolo
I imagined a base of a form naturally cylindrical, with ovolo mouldings.
Echinus (e-kīnus), in architecture, the ovolo or quarter-round convex moulding, seen in capitals of the Doric order.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The term is sometimes given to the ovolo of the Ionic capital, especially when curved with the egg-and-tongue enrichment.
Ovolo, a moulding, the profile of which resembles the outline of an egg, used in Classic architecture.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
C17: from Italian: a little egg, from ovo egg, from Latin ōvum
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