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[kon-vuh-loot] /ˈkɒn vəˌlut/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), convoluted, convoluting.
to coil up; form into a twisted shape.
rolled up together or with one part over another.
Botany. coiled up longitudinally so that one margin is within the coil and the other without, as the petals of cotton.
Origin of convolute
1690-1700; < Latin convolūtus rolled up, equivalent to convolū- (stem of convolvere to convolve) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
convolutely, adverb
subconvolute, adjective
subconvolutely, adverb
unconvolute, adjective
unconvolutely, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for convolute
  • The upper part of the bed displays some attractive convolute lamination.
  • Reprioritization from multiple sources would convolute the customer agency's ability to manage their priority cases.
  • Shale and siltstone, gray, convolute bedding common.
  • These were convolute mines that followed the occurrence of the ore through the rock.
  • Crossbedding, convolute structures, and load casts are common in the calcareous sandstone.
British Dictionary definitions for convolute


verb (transitive)
to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
(botany) rolled longitudinally upon itself: a convolute petal
another word for convoluted (sense 2)
Derived Forms
convolutely, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn
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Word Origin and History for convolute

"rolled up together," 1794, from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere (see convolution). The noun meaning "something convoluted" is from 1846.

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