a coil or ring, in particular:
each of the turns or convolutions in the shell of a gastropod or ammonoid mollusk.
a set of leaves, flowers, or branches springing from the stem at the same level and encircling it.
(in a flower) each of the sets of organs, esp. the petals and sepals, arranged concentrically around the receptacle.
a complete circle in a fingerprint.
a small wheel or pulley in a spinning wheel, spinning machine, or spindle.
v. [intr.] poetic/lit.
spiral or move in a twisted and convoluted fashion:
the dances are kinetic kaleidoscopes where steps whorl into wildness.
One of the coils in a molluscan shell. Whorls are most noticeable among Gastropoda
, in which the shell is a hollow cone that grows only at the apertural end and tends to curl about its vertical axis. In most molluscs the coils form a helix in which each whorl is attached to the next, but in some the coiling is loose.
, burl, churl, curl, earl, Erle, furl, girl, herl, hurl, knurl, merle, pas seul, pearl, purl, Searle, skirl, squirl, swirl, twirl, whirl, whorl
, call girl
•cowgirl • showgirl • schoolgirl
•choirgirl • weathergirl • Husserl
small fly-wheel or pulley in a spinning machine XV; ring of leaves, etc. round a stem XVI. Earliest forms wharwyl
; prob. vars. of wherwille
The arrangement in which leaves, petals
, etc. all arise at the same point on an axis
, encircling it.