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Posted by on Jul. 19, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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  • convoluted         \KAHN-vuh-loo-tud\
  • DEFINITION     adjective 
    1 : having many twists and curves
    2 : involved, intricate


  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • "Convoluted" and "convolution" (a noun referring to a folded, winding shape, such as one of the ridges of the brain) are from Latin "volvere," meaning "to roll." "Volvere" has given English many words, but one of the following is NOT from "volvere." Can you pick it out?

    vault   voluminous   volley   voluble   devolve

    The path from "vault" to "volvere" leads (rather convolutedly) through Middle English, Anglo-French, and Vulgar Latin to Latin "volutus," past participle of "volvere." "Voluble" meant "rolling easily" before it meant "speaking readily," and "voluminous" first meant "consisting of many folds." "Devolve" ("to pass down," as in "the stewardship devolved upon the son") once meant literally "to roll down." The word that doesn’t belong is "volley." It’s from Latin "volare," meaning "to fly."





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natesmom1228
by on Jul. 19, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Thanks

Jess1231
by on Jul. 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM
Thankyou
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PurpleHazey
by Angie on Jul. 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Thanks I love daily words.

styler7
by Member on Jul. 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I actually knew this one :)

nngmommy83
by on Jul. 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I plan on using this word today just to try it =)

alliesmom112
by Member on Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Thanks. I love learning new stuff
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Samanthamommy
by Member on Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Thanks!

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Jul. 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I knew this one :)

elasmimi
by on Jul. 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Interesting.

itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on Jul. 19, 2011 at 3:04 PM

TFS!

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