from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spiral scroll-like ornament such as that used on an Ionic capital.
- n. A spiral formation, such as one of the whorls of a gastropod shell.
- n. Any of various marine gastropod mollusks of the family Volutidae, having a spiral, often colorfully marked shell.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The spiral curve on an Ionic capital.
- n. The spirls or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
- n. Any marine gastropod of the (super)family Volutidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A spiral scroll which forms the chief feature of the Ionic capital, and which, on a much smaller scale, is a feature in the Corinthian and Composite capitals. See Illust. of Capital, also Helix, and Stale.
- n. A spiral turn, as in certain shells.
- n. Any voluta.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a spiral scroll forming an essential part of the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite capitals, of which it is a characteristic ornament.
- n. In conchology: A member of the Volutidæ.
- In botany, rolled up in any direction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
- adj. in the shape of a coil
- n. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
French, from Italian voluta, from Latin volūta, from feminine past participle of volvere, to turn, roll.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French and Italian, from Latin volūta, from the feminine of volūtus, perfect passive participle of volvō. (Wiktionary)