3. (Science: zoology) Any voluta. Volute spiring, a spring formed of a spiral scroll of plate, rod, or wire, extended or extensible in the direction of the axis of the coil, in which direction its elastic force is exerted and employed.
Origin: F. Volute (cf. It. Voluta), L. Voluta, from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble. In the shape of a coil.A structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; a coil of rope.