involute

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin involutus.

Adjective[edit]

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involute (comparative more involute, superlative most involute)

  1. (formal) Difficult to understand; complicated.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      These vulgar, pleasure-seeking people, so frank and clamorous, were too uninhibited for his shielded and involuted life.
  2. (botany) Having the edges rolled with the adaxial side outward.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 7:
      Furthermore, the free anterior margin of the lobule is arched toward the lobe and is often involute []
  3. (biology, of shells) Having a complex pattern of coils.
  4. (biology) Turned inward at the margin, like the exterior lip of the shells of species in genus Cypraea.
  5. (biology) Rolled inward spirally.

Verb[edit]

involute (third-person singular simple present involutes, present participle involuting, simple past and past participle involuted)

  1. To roll or curl inwards.

Noun[edit]

involute (plural involutes)

  1. (geometry) A curve that cuts all tangents of another curve at right angles; traced by a point on a string that unwinds from a curved object.

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

involute

  1. feminine plural of involuto

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

involūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of involūtus

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