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1. A spiral scroll which forms the chief feature of the ionic capital, and which, on a much smaller scale, is a feature in the Corinthian and composite capitals.

2. (Science: zoology) A spiral turn, as in certain shells.

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.