con-volute

convolute

[kon-vuh-loot]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), convoluted, convoluting.
1.
to coil up; form into a twisted shape.
adjective
2.
rolled up together or with one part over another.
3.
Botany. coiled up longitudinally so that one margin is within the coil and the other without, as the petals of cotton.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Latin convolūtus rolled up, equivalent to convolū- (stem of convolvere to convolve) + -tus past participle suffix

convolutely, adverb
subconvolute, adjective
subconvolutely, adverb
unconvolute, adjective
unconvolutely, adverb
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convolute (ˈkɒnvəˌluːt)
 
vb
1.  to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
 
adj
2.  botany rolled longitudinally upon itself: a convolute petal
3.  another word for convoluted
 
[C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn]
 
'convolutely
 
adv

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convolute
1794, from L. convolutus, pp. of convolvere (see convolution). The noun meaning "something convoluted" is from 1846.
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