Whorl definition

wôrl, hwôrl, wûrl, hwûrl
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A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl.

Spread the icing in peaks and whorls.

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(botany) An arrangement of three or more leaves, petals, or other organs arising from a single node.
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(zoology) A single turn or volution of a spiral shell.
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One of the circular ridges or convolutions of a fingerprint.
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(architecture) An ornamental device, as in stonework or weaving, consisting of stylized vine leaves and tendrils.
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A small flywheel on a spindle, as for regulating the speed of a spinning wheel.
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Anything with a coiled or spiral appearance.
  • Any of the circular ridges that form the design of a fingerprint.
  • (bot.) A circular growth of leaves, petals, etc. about the same point on a stem.
  • (zool.) Any of the turns in a spiral shell.
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A form that coils or spirals; a curl or swirl.
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An area of hair growing in a radial manner.
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A small pulley that regulates the speed of the bobbin of a spinning wheel.
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A small flywheel that regulates the speed of a hand-operated spindle.
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A turn of the cochlea or of the ethmoidal crest.
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One of the circular ridges or convolutions of a fingerprint.
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An arrangement of three or more appendages radiating in a circular or spiral arrangement from a point on a plant, as leaves around the node of a stem. The sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels of angiosperms form four separate whorls within a complete flower.
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A single turn of a spiral shell of a mollusk.
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(botany) A circle of three or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
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(zoology) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
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(archaic) A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle, compare 1460.
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(intransitive) To form a pattern of concentric circles.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
whorl
Plural:
whorls

Origin of whorl

  • Middle English whorle alteration of whirle whirl from whirlen to whirl whirl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition