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volute (plural volutes)
- (architecture) The characteristic spiral curve on an Ionic capital, widely copied in other styles and in neoclassical architecture.
- 1856, Edward Shaw, The Modern Architect, Or, Every Carpenter His Own Master:
- This example is much richer, yet no less elegant, than the other; the volute, instead of a single spiral, is formed by three; the sculptured echinus beneath is surmounted by a guilloched moulding, and separated from the shaft by a neck […]
- (zoology) The spirals or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
- (zoology) Any marine gastropod of the family Volutidae.
- 2002, Don Philpott, Florida: Gulf Coast, page 16:
- Common shells include frog-shells, distorsios, volutes, tulips, murex, cones, olives, marginellas, cowries, augers and the Florida horse conch, the state's official shell, which can grow up to 24in (6 1 cm) long.
- (engineering) The casing in a centrifugal pump, whose shape is somewhat similar to architectural volutes.
- (art) A spiral or scroll form.
- (music) A scroll-shaped carving at the tuning head of a stringed musical instrument, similar to architectural volutes.
spiral on Ionic capital
a type of shellfish
casing in a centrifugal pump
scroll shaped carving at the tuning head of stringed musical instruments
volute (not comparable)
volute f (plural volutes)