Etymology
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curlicue (n.)

"something fantastically curved or twisted," 1843, American English, from combining form of curly. The cue is perhaps from French queue "tail" or an image from the letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was the rhyming reduplication curlie-wurlie (1772).

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Definitions of curlicue

curlicue (n.)
a short twisting line;
Synonyms: squiggle
curlicue (n.)
a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals);
Synonyms: coil / whorl / roll / curl / ringlet / gyre / scroll
From wordnet.princeton.edu