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1That evolves or causes to evolve. Now rare.
2Hinduism. In Sankhya philosophy: (of a principle of nature or being) that gives rise to other principles of nature or being; that is the cause of the existence of other phenomena. rare.
1Geometry. The involute of a curve. Now rare.
2Hinduism. In Sankhya philosophy: a principle of nature or being that gives rise to other principles of nature or being; a cause of the existence of other phenomena. Sometimes: specifically such a principle which itself derives from another, and is not a root cause of being. rare.
Early 18th century. From classical Latin ēvolvent-, ēvolvēns, present participle of ēvolvere. In evolvent line after post-classical Latin recta evolvens; compare French développante, feminine noun.
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