envelop

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From Middle English envolupen, from Old French anveloper, envoluper (modern French envelopper), from en- + voloper, vloper (to wrap, wrap up) (compare Italian -viluppare; Old Italian alternate form goluppare (to wrap)) from Vulgar Latin *vuloppare (to wrap), from Proto-Germanic *wlappaną, *wrappaną (to wrap, roll up, turn, wind), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (to turn, bend) [1]. Akin to Middle English wlappen (to wrap, fold) (Modern English lap (to wrap, involve, fold)), Middle English wrappen (to wrap), Middle Dutch lappen (to wrap up, embrace), Danish dialectal vravle (to wind, twist), Middle Low German wrempen (to wrinkle, distort), Old English wearp (warp). Doublet of inwrap.

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envelop (third-person singular simple present envelops, present participle enveloping, simple past and past participle enveloped)

  1. (transitive) To surround or enclose.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 4
      (b) sporophyte with foot reduced, the entire sporophyte enveloped by the calyptra, which is ± stipitate at the base.
    • 2011 December 10, Marc Higginson, “Bolton 1 - 2 Aston Villa”, BBC Sport:
      The Midlanders will hope the victory will kickstart a campaign that looked to have hit the buffers, but the sense of trepidation enveloping the Reebok Stadium heading into the new year underlines the seriousness of the predicament facing Owen Coyle's men.

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From French enveloppe, from Old French envoluper (modern French: envelopper), from en- "in" (from Latin in-) + voloper "wrap up" (of Germanic origin)

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envelop f (plural enveloppen, diminutive envelopje n)

  1. An envelope, closing paper wrapper as used for mailing

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