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 for Voluble stem
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Voluble \Vol"u*ble\, a. [L. volubilis, fr. volvere, volutum, to
     roll, to turn round; akin to Gr. ? to infold, to inwrap, ? to
     roll, G. welle a wave: cf. F. voluble. Cf. F. Well of
     water, Convolvulus, Devolve, Involve, Revolt, Vault
     an arch, Volume, Volute.]
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     1. Easily rolling or turning; easily set in motion; apt to
        roll; rotating; as, voluble particles of matter.
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     2. Moving with ease and smoothness in uttering words; of
        rapid speech; nimble in speaking; glib; as, a flippant,
        voluble, tongue.
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              [Cassio,] a knave very voluble.       --Shak.
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     Note: Voluble was used formerly to indicate readiness of
           speech merely, without any derogatory suggestion. "A
           grave and voluble eloquence." --Bp. Hacket.
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     3. Changeable; unstable; fickle. [Obs.]
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     4. (Bot.) Having the power or habit of turning or twining;
        as, the voluble stem of hop plants.
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     Voluble stem (Bot.), a stem that climbs by winding, or
        twining, round another body.
        [1913 Webster] -- Vol"u*ble*ness, n. -- Vol"u*bly,
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