evolution

\ \ [17] Evolution originally meant simply ‘unfolding’, or metaphorically ‘development’; it was not used in its main current sense, ‘gradual change in form of a species over the centuries’, until the early 19th century. The Scottish geologist Charles Lyell appears to have been the first to do so, in his Principles of Geology 1832, and it was subsequently taken up by Charles Darwin. The word comes from Latin ēvolūtiō, which denoted specifically the unrolling of a papyrus or parchment roll. It was a derivative of ēvolvere, a compound formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and volvereroll’ (source also of English convolution, involve, and revolve and related to vault, voluble, volume, vulva, and wallow).
\ \ Cf.CONVOLUTION, INVOLVE, REVOLVE, VOLUME, WALLOW

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