(2 syl.). A roll. Anciently books were written on sheets
fastened together lengthwise and rolled; some were rolled on a pin or
roller. The rolls were placed erect on shelves. Each one was labelled
in red letters or rubrics. Rolls of great value were packed in
cases or boxes. (Latin, volvo, to roll up.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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