Pronunciation Noun

whorl (plural whorls)

  1. A pattern of concentric circles.
  2. (botany) A circle of three or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
  3. (zoology) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
  4. (anatomy) Any volution, as for example in the human ear.
  5. (archaic) A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle. [from c. 1460]
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: tour de spire
  • French: fusaïole
  • German: Spinnwirtel
  • Italian: fusaiolo
  • Portuguese: fusaiola
  • Spanish: fusayola, tortera

whorl (whorls, present participle whorling; past and past participle whorled)

  1. (intransitive) To form a pattern of concentric circles.

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