, of which there are normally four on the Ionic
capital, eight on the angular
capitals, and smaller types, sometimes called helix
, on the Corinthian
capital. It is also a distinctive element of the ancon
, and modillion
, where, like the Ionic capital, it resembles a rolled-up mattress.
vo·lute / vəˈloōt/ •
n. 1. Archit. a spiral scroll characteristic of Ionic capitals and also used in Corinthian and composite capitals. 2. a deep-water marine mollusk (Voluta and other genera, family Volutidae) with a thick spiral shell that is colorful and prized by collectors.•
adj. forming a spiral curve or curves: spoked wheels with outside volute springs.DERIVATIVES: vo·lut·ed adj.
spiral conformation. XVII. — F. volute
or L. volūta
, pp. of volvere