Definition of ovolo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōvəlō/

noun (plural ovoli /-ˌlī/)

A rounded convex molding, in cross section a quarter of a circle or ellipse.
Example sentences
  • 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 plane is a Grecian ovolo with bead and is designed to cut a one-inch wide profile in half-inch thick stock.
  • 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.

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Syllabification: o·vo·lo

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