• (RP) IPA: /ˌkɒnvəˈl(j)uːtɪd/, /ˈkɒnvəl(j)uːtɪd/, /-vəʊ-/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌkɑnvəˈlutəd/, /ˈkɑnvəˌlutəd/, [-ɾəd]


  1. (chiefly, anatomy, zoology) Having numerous overlapping#Adjective|overlapping coil#Noun|coils or fold#Noun|folds; convolute.
    Synonyms: meandrine, obvolute, torquated, tortuous
    Antonyms: unconvoluted
    • 1904 January 29 – October 7, Joseph Conrad, chapter VII, in Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard, London; New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers […], published 1904, OCLC 8754239 ↗, part third (The Lighthouse), page 347 ↗:
      The great mass of cloud filling the head of the gulf had long red smears amongst its convoluted folds of grey and black, as of a floating mantle stained with blood.
  2. (figuratively) complex#Adjective|Complex, complicated#Adjective|complicated, or intricate.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:complex
    Antonyms: unconvoluted
    He gave a convoluted explanation that amounted to little more than a weak excuse for his absence.
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  1. Simple past tense and past participle of convolute

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