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Word of the day: Volute

Volute

[vəl-YOOT]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: French, mid-16th century

Forming a spiral curve or curves.

Examples of volute in a sentence

"Greek architecture is easily recognizable by the volute on top of columns."

"Both sea and land snails have similarly volute shells."

About Volute

While "volute" developed in French, it originated from the Latin word “volvere” (which means “to roll”).

Did you Know?

The adjective "volute" describes scroll shapes, but the noun "volute" is an architectural term. The decorative spiral scrolls on the tops of columns on Ionic and Corinthian-style buildings are called "volutes." Many U.S. state capitol buildings, as well as the U.S Capitol, use this design.

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