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Whorl Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    whorl n
  1. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles [syn: coil, roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll]
  2. a strand or cluster of hair [syn: lock, curl, ringlet]
  3. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: coil, spiral, volute, helix]
Whorl Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.]
  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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Whorl'

  • Whorl: A whorl is a type of spiral or circular pattern. Other meanings of whorl include: Whorl (botany), used to describe the attachment of sepals ...
  • Whorl (mollusc): A whorl is a single, complete 360° revolution or turn in the spiral growth of a mollusc shell . A spiral configuration of the shell is ...
  • Body whorl: Body whorl is part of the morphology of a coiled gastropod mollusk . In gastropods: In gastropods, the body whorl is the most recently- ...
  • Whorl (botany): In botany, a whorl is an arrangement of sepal s, petal s, leaves , or branch es in which all the parts are attached at the same point and ...
  • Hair whorl: A hair whorl is a patch of hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the hair. Hair whorls occur in most hairy animals, on ...
  • Desmoulin's whorl snail: Desmoulin's whorl snail, scientific name Vertigo moulinsiana, is a species of minute air-breathing land snail , a terrestrial pulmonate ...

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