- 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
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Historical Examples of volute
The style I shall call the 'Shaft,' and the stigma the 'Volute.'Proserpina, Volume 1
There were also a few shrimps, two species of Murex, and a volute.Cruise of the 'Alert'
R. W. Coppinger
Capitals reverted to the volute type, transformed and refined.
The spherical shells, those whirled into a volute, are no exception to this rule.The Life of the Spider
J. Henri Fabre
The scroll or volute casing B confines the water in such a manner that it acts against the vanes all around the wheel.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
adjective also: voluted (vəˈluːtɪd)
Word Origin 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.