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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