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Rolled or coiled together in overlapping whorls, as certain leaves, petals, or shells.
intr. & tr.v. con·vo·lut·ed, con·vo·lut·ing, con·vo·lutes
To coil or fold or cause to coil or fold in overlapping whorls.
[Latin convolūtus, past participle of convolvere, to convolve; see convolve.]
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to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
1. (Botany) botany rolled longitudinally upon itself: a convolute petal.
2. another word for convoluted2
[C18: from Latin convolūtus rolled up, from convolvere to roll together, from volvere to turn]
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v. -lut•ed, -lut•ing,
adj. v.t., v.i.
1. to coil up; form into a twisted shape.adj.
2. coiled or rolled up together or with one part over another.
[1690–1700; < Latin convolūtus, past participle of convolvere to convolve]
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Past participle: convoluted
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|Verb||1.||convolute - curl, wind, or twist together|
|2.||convolute - practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive; "Don't twist my words"|
|Adj.||1.||convolute - rolled longitudinally upon itself; "a convolute petal"|
coiled - curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals); "a coiled snake ready to strike"; "the rope lay coiled on the deck"
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