American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Rolled or coiled together in overlapping whorls, as certain leaves, petals, or shells.
- v. To coil or fold or cause to coil or fold in overlapping whorls.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rolled together, or one part over another. In botany, specifically applied to a leaf in the bud which is rolled up longitudinally in a single coil, one margin being within the coil, the other without, as in the cherry; also with reference to estivation, to a corolla which is similarly rolled up, the petals successively overlapping one another, with one margin covered and the other exterior, as in the Malvaceæ. The epithet contorted or twisted is frequently used in the same sense, though in most cases no actual twist occurs. Also
- n. That which is convoluted.
- v. transitive To make unnecessarily complex.
- v. transitive To fold or coil into numerous overlapping layers.
- adj. botany, of a leaf coiled such that one edge is inside, and one outside the coil, giving a spiral effect in cross section. (A special case of imbricate)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Rolled or wound together, one part upon another; -- said of the leaves of plants in æstivation.
- v. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
- v. curl, wind, or twist together
- adj. rolled longitudinally upon itself
- From Latin convolūtum, past participle of convolvere ("to roll together"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin convolūtus, past participle of convolvere, to convolve; see convolve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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