An example of envelop is for a mist to completely hide a tree.
The troops enveloped the town.
Origin of envelop
- Middle English envolupen to be involved in from Old French envoluper, envoloper en- in en–1 voloper to wrap up perhaps akin to Medieval Latin faluppa chaff, straw (influenced by Latin volvere to roll)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English envolupen, from Old French anveloper, envoluper (modern French envelopper), from en- + voloper, vloper (“to wrap, wrap up”) (compare Italian -viluppare; Old Italian alternate form goluppare (“to wrap”)) from Vulgar Latin *vuloppare (“to wrap”), from Proto-Germanic *wlappaną, *wrappaną (“to wrap, roll up, turn, wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend”) . Akin to Middle English wlappen (“to wrap, fold”) (Modern English lap (“to wrap, involve, fold”)), Middle English wrappen (“to wrap”), Middle Dutch lappen (“to wrap up, embrace”), Danish dialectal vravle (“to wind, twist”), Middle Low German wrempen (“to wrinkle, distort”), Old English wearp (“warp”). Doublet of inwrap.