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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.
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Origin of ovolo

1655–65; < Italian, 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.

    Thoughts on Art and Autobiographical Memoirs of Giovanni Dupr

    Giovanni Dupr

  • 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.


    Thomas Roger Smith

British Dictionary definitions for ovolo


noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. 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)
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Word Origin for ovolo

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