- 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
Related Words for volutesstreamer, wheel, shell, cylinder, ball, convolution, bobbin, spiral, spool, fold, cone, whorl, coil, barrel, reel, scroll, cornucopia, cartouche, trundle, volute
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Historical Examples of volutes
It appears in Polynesian tattooing, this love of spirals and volutes.Magic and Religion
The difficult transition from the end of the shaft to the volutes was evaded, and masked by anthemions or other ornaments.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
The faces of the volutes must recede from the edge of the abacus inwards by one and a half eighteenths of that same amount.Ten Books on Architecture
There seems to have been no distinction in the direction of the volutes, they turning indifferently to the right or to the left.The Swastika
Aplustre, ap-lus′tėr, n. the ornament rising above the stern of ancient ships, often a sheaf of volutes.
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.