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convolute

[kon-vuh-loot] /ˈkɒn vəˌlut/
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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for convolutely

convolute

/ˈkɒnvəˌluːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
adjective
2.
(botany) rolled longitudinally upon itself: a convolute petal
3.
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 convolutely

convolute

adj.

"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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