twisted or coiled
Origin of tortileClassical Latin tortilis ; from tortus: see tort
(comparative more tortile, superlative most tortile)
- (rare) Twisted, winding, contorted.
- 1658: He that would behold a very anomalous motion, may observe it in the Tortile and tiring stroakes of Gnat-worms. — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 196)
From Latin tortilis, from the participle stem of torqueō (“twist, turn”).