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whorl (n.)

mid-15c., "the small flywheel of a spindle," perhaps an alteration of whirl. Meaning "circlar arrangement of leaves or flowers round a stem of a plant" is first recorded 1550s. Of seashells or other spiral structures, from 1828. Related: Whorled.

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Definitions of whorl

whorl (n.)
a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals);
Synonyms: coil / roll / curl / curlicue / ringlet / gyre / scroll
whorl (n.)
a strand or cluster of hair;
Synonyms: lock / curl / ringlet
whorl (n.)
a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops;
Synonyms: coil / spiral / volute / helix
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