[ oh-vuh-loh ]

noun,plural o·vo·li [oh-vuh-lahy]. /ˈoʊ vəˌlaɪ/. Architecture.
  1. 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 uovoegg1 <Latin ōvum

Words Nearby ovolo

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How to use ovolo in a sentence

  • Echinus (e-kīnus), in architecture, the ovolo or quarter-round convex moulding, seen in capitals of the Doric order.

  • They are of similar size and general appearance to the ordinary ovolo moulding plane.

    Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
  • ovolo, a moulding, the profile of which resembles the outline of an egg, used in Classic architecture.

    Architecture | Thomas Roger Smith
  • A simple, hand-tooled ovolo ornaments the jambs and architrave casings of the keyed arch.

  • A reeded ovolo and deeply cut and drilled denticulated member lend sufficient emphasis to the string course of the cornice.

British Dictionary definitions for ovolo


/ (ˈəʊvəˌləʊ) /

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

Origin of ovolo

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

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