1. 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.
[French, from Italian voluta, from Latin volūta, from feminine past participle of volvere, to turn, roll; see wel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
vo·luted (-ltĭd) adj.
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