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whorl

whorl

3 definitions found
 for whorl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whorl \Whorl\, n. [OE. whorvil the whirl of a spindle; akin to
     AS. hweorfa the whirl of a spindle, hweorfan to turn; cf. OD.
     worvel the whirl of a spindle. See Whirl, n. & v.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Bot.) A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other
        organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve
        shell.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Spinning) The fly of a spindle.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  whorl
      n 1: a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as
           formed by leaves or flower petals) [syn: coil, whorl,
           roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll]
      2: a strand or cluster of hair [syn: lock, curl, ringlet,
         whorl]
      3: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous
         series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: coil, spiral,
         volute, whorl, helix]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "whorl":
     cirrus, coil, contort, corkscrew, crinkle, curl, curlicue, eddy,
     evolute, gurge, gyre, helix, intort, involute, kink, meander, purl,
     ringlet, roll, scallop, screw, scroll, serpentine, slink, snake,
     spiral, swirl, tendril, turn, twine, twirl, twist, twist and turn,
     volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whirlpool, wind, worm, wring