One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of the edge of a leaf) curved or curled back.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin revolutus ‘unrolled’, past participle of revolvere (see revolve).
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