Definition of whorl
- whorls of snow
the whorls and eddies of the river
the whorl of a fingerprint
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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