• IPA: /vəˈluːt/

volute (plural volutes)

  1. (architecture) The characteristic spiral curve on an Ionic capital, widely copied in other styles and in neoclassical architecture.
  2. (zoology) The spirals or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
  3. (zoology) Any marine gastropod of the family Volutidae.
  4. (engineering) The casing in a centrifugal pump, whose shape is somewhat similar to architectural volutes.
  5. (art) A spiral or scroll form.
  6. (music) A scroll-shaped carving at the tuning head of a stringed musical instrument, similar to architectural volutes.

volute (not comparable)

  1. (engineering) Of a spring: having a spiral curve on its tail.

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