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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Definitions for volute

  1. a spiral or twisted formation or object.
  2. Architecture. a spiral ornament, found especially in the capitals of the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
  3. Carpentry. a horizontal scrolled termination to the handrail of a stair.

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Citations for volute
The interior of the tiny temple was dim, and wisps of incense smoke made graceful volutes in the air. John Maddox Roberts, SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates, 2005
My, how light this Alonso de Avila was, forced to walk on mere earth only because of the richness and gravity of his damask and jaguar-skin suits, his gold chains, and his tawny mantle decorate with a reliquary--all of it lightened, let me assure you, by the feathers in his cap and the volutes of his mustache, the wings of his face. Carlos Fuentes, The Orange Tree, translated by Alfred Mac Adam, 1994
Origin of volute
1690-1700
Volute is a technical word, a noun used in architecture, ornamental decoration, and marine biology. It comes from French volute or from Latin volūta “scroll.” Volūta is a noun use of volūtus, the past participle of volvere “to turn.” Volute entered English in the late 17th century.