whorl / (h)wÃ´rl/ • n. a coil or ring, in particular: ∎ Zool. each of the turns or convolutions in the shell of a gastropod or ammonoid mollusk. ∎ Bot. a set of leaves, flowers, or branches springing from the stem at the same level and encircling it. ∎ Bot. (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. ∎ chiefly hist. 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.DERIVATIVES: whorled adj.