- 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.
Origin of volute
Examples from the Web for volute
This volute may be looked upon as one of the most characteristic features of the Period.The Seven Periods of English Architecture|Edmund Sharpe
The volute of the Ionic capital is rather in the form of two serpents drinking from a cup, than in the form of rams horns.A Manual of the Historical Development of Art|G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
The spherical shells, those whirled into a volute, are no exception to this rule.The Life of the Spider|J. Henri Fabre
The volute form is particularly adapted to the decoration of basketry, of which fig. 299 is a specimen.The Swastika|Thomas Wilson
To both the scroll or volute and the fret, and modifications of them ages later, the Pueblo has attached meanings.Evolution in Art|Alfred C. Haddon
British Dictionary definitions for volute
adjective also: voluted (vəˈluːtɪd)
Word Origin for volute
Word Origin and History for volute
1690s, "spiral ornament on an Ionic capital," from French volute, from Italian voluta, from Latin voluta "a spiral scroll," originally fem. past participle of volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Extended 1756 to any spiral thing or part. As a type of spiral seashell, it is attested from 1753.