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

  Volute \Vo*lute"\, n. [F. volute (cf. It. voluta), L. voluta,
     from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Arch.) 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. See
        Illust. of Capital, also Helix, and Stale.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Zool.) A spiral turn, as in certain shells.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Zool.) Any voluta.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: in the shape of a coil [syn: coiling, helical,
             spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled,
      n 1: ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around
           a center with an increasing distance from the center [syn:
           spiral, volute]
      2: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous
         series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: coil, spiral,
         volute, whorl, helix]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "volute":
     anfractuous, cirrus, cochlear, cochleate, coil, corkscrew,
     corkscrewy, curl, curlicue, evolute, gyre, helical, helicoid,
     helix, involute, kink, ringlet, roll, screw, screw-shaped, scroll,
     scrolled, spiral, spiroid, swirl, tendril, turbinal, turbinate,
     twirl, twist, verticillate, voluted, volution, vortex, whirl,
     whorl, whorled

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