- a spiral or twisting form; turn; whorl
- Archit. a spiral scroll forming one of the chief features of Ionic and Corinthian capitals
- any of the turns or whorls of a spiral shell
- any of a family (Volutidae) of saltwater gastropods often having brightly colored shells with an elongated opening
Origin of voluteClassical Latin voluta, origin, originally , feminine of volutus, past participle of volvere, to roll: see walk
- rolled up; spiraled
- having a spirally shaped part
- A spiral scroll-like ornament such as that used on an Ionic capital.
- a. A spiral formation, such as one of the whorls of a gastropod shell.b. Any of various marine gastropod mollusks of the family Volutidae, having a spiral, often colorfully marked shell.
Origin of voluteFrench, from Italian voluta, from Latin vol&umacron;ta, from feminine past participle of volvere, to turn, roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.