One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of the edge of a leaf) curved or curled back.
- ‘Species of sections Musa and Rhodochlamys share common characteristics, possessing the same chromosome number and having bracts that are generally sulcate, glaucous and that become revolute on fading.’
- ‘The dry seed was elongated along the main axis, with an elaiosome at the former placental end and revolute margins folded under the seed.’
- ‘Because it is somewhat revolute, the stigmatic area is peripherally also exposed towards the dorsal side.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin revolutus ‘unrolled’, past participle of revolvere (see revolve).
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