Definitions for: Whorl


[n] a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope"
[n] a strand or cluster of hair
[n] a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
1. (Bot.) A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other
organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve
shell.

3. (Spinning) The fly of a spindle.

Synonyms: coil, coil, curl, curl, curlicue, gyre, helix, lock, ringlet, ringlet, roll, scroll, spiral, volute

See Also: calyx, coiffure, construction, corolla, crimp, dreadlock, forelock, hair, hair style, hairdo, hank, round shape, sausage curl, structure, verticil

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