- a turn or whorl of a spiral shell.
- any of various tropical marine gastropods of the family Volutidae, many species of which have shells prized for their coloration.
- spirally shaped or having a part so shaped.
- moving in a circular way, especially if combined with a lateral motion.
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Origin of volute
OTHER WORDS FROM volutevo·lut·ed, adjectivevo·lu·tion, nounin·ter·vo·lute, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for volute
In one of the specimens the ogee ends finish in a point; in the other they finish in a spiral volute turning upon itself.
Fig. 268 represents a well-preserved disk with four volute arms forming the tetraskelion, and thus allied to the Swastika.
Spiral-volute designs resembling the Swastika in general effect are found on aboriginal mound pottery from the Mississippi Valley.
The volute form is particularly adapted to the decoration of basketry, of which fig. 299 is a specimen.
It terminated in a large shepherds crook or scroll, the curved volute being often richly ornamented with foliage.A Handbook of Pictorial History|Henry W. Donald