whorl

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whorl

noun \ˈhwr(-ə)l, ˈwr(-ə)l, ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l\

: something that turns or goes around in a circle

: a pattern that is made by a series of circles that turn around a center point

: an arrangement of leaves, petals, etc., that forms a circle around a stem

Full Definition of WHORL

1
:  a drum-shaped section on the lower part of a spindle in spinning or weaving machinery serving as a pulley for the tape drive that rotates the spindle
2
:  an arrangement of similar anatomical parts (as leaves) in a circle around a point on an axis
3
:  something that whirls, coils, or spirals or whose form suggests such movement :  swirl <whorls of snow>
4
:  one of the turns of a univalve shell
5
:  a fingerprint in which the central papillary ridges turn through at least one complete circle

Examples of WHORL

  1. the whorls and eddies of the river
  2. the whorl of a fingerprint

Origin of WHORL

Middle English wharle, whorle, probably alteration of whirle, from whirlen to whirl
First Known Use: 15th century

whorl

noun \ˈhwor(-ə)l, ˈwr(-ə)l, ˈ(h)wər(-ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of WHORL

: a fingerprint in which the central papillary ridges turn through at least one complete turn

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