convoluted

[kon-vuh-loo-tid]

Origin:
1805–15; convolute + -ed2

convolutedly, adjective
convolutedness, noun
unconvoluted, adjective
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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

convoluted (ˈkɒnvəˌluːtɪd)
 
adj
1.  (esp of meaning, style, etc) difficult to comprehend; involved
2.  wound together; coiled
 
'convolutedly
 
adv
 
'convolutedness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

convoluted
1811, pp. adj. from verb convolute (1690s), from L. convolut-, pp. stem of convolvere (see convolution). Fr. has convoluté (18c.), in form a pp. adj., without the verb.

convolute
1794, from L. convolutus, pp. of convolvere (see convolution). The noun meaning "something convoluted" is from 1846.
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Example sentences
The result is that the originally simple communications technology has become a
  complex and convoluted affair.
Then you get into the problem, and you see that it's really complicated, and
  you come up with all these convoluted solutions.
The small intestine is a convoluted tube, extending from the pylorus to the
  colic valve, where it ends in the large intestine.
Again, no one is certain about what is actually going on in the animals' large,
  convoluted brains.
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