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
variant (now obsolete) of uovolo,
diminutive of uovo egg1
< Latin ōvum
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Historical Examples of 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 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ovolo
- 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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