Variant of helix
- any spiral, as one lying in a single plane or, esp., one moving around a right circular cone or cylinder at a constant angle, as a screw or bolt thread does
- Anat. the folded rim of cartilage around the outer ear
- Archit. an ornamental spiral, as a volute on a Corinthian or Ionic capital
- Zool. any of a genus (Helix) of spiral-shelled land gastropods, including the common, edible European snail (H. pomatia)
Origin: L, kind of ivy, spiral from Gr, a spiral from helissein, to turn around from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn, twist from source walk
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