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1curlicue

noun cur·li·cue \ˈkər-lē-ˌkyü, -li-\

: a decoratively curved line or shape

Full Definition of CURLICUE

:  a fancifully curved or spiral figure :  flourish

Variants of CURLICUE

cur·li·cue also cur·ly·cue \ˈkər-lē-ˌkyü, -li-\

Examples of CURLICUE

  1. Curlicues were carved into the wood.

Origin of CURLICUE

curly + cue a braid of hair
First Known Use: 1843

2curlicue

verb
curlicuedcurlicu·ing

Definition of CURLICUE

intransitive verb
:  to form curlicues
transitive verb
:  to embellish with curlicues

First Known Use of CURLICUE

1844

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