Definition of ovolo in US English:



  • A rounded convex molding, in cross section a quarter of a circle or ellipse.

    • ‘The plane is a Grecian ovolo with bead and is designed to cut a one-inch wide profile in half-inch thick stock.’
    • ‘The fence of the BIumenberg / Wheeler plow is molded with a common ovolo along the outer edge and has a simple squared-off lower edge.’
    • ‘Common to Walker's furniture, and probably typical of other Scottish shops in Charleston, is the crown molding of the press on chest, which consists of a bold ovolo molding over a cavetto, and is repeated at the top of the base.’
    • ‘The rebate would have been cut with a moving or standing fillister and the ovolo cut with a moulding plane that might well have also been used in other more general purpose joinery.’
    • ‘The components of the sash frame were molded using two separate planes, one to cut the glass rabbet and another to stick the decorative molding which was most frequently a common ovolo.’


Mid 17th century: from Italian, diminutive of ovo ‘egg’, from Latin ovum.