: having or arranged in whorls
leaves whorled at the nodes of the stem

Examples of whorled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the society says folks who live in the Southern Plains, part of Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, should plant butterfly milkweed, spider milkweed and whorled milkweed, which all bloom from spring to fall. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 The morning fog had just begun to clear as the hikers made their way uphill, beckoned by a series of white blazes splashed on the trunks of hardwood and tall pine, the paint cracked where the bark rippled and whorled. Lizzie Johnson and Lauren Tierney, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2023 Many of Chopp’s gorgeous kitchen and everyday-carry knives have shapes inspired by Japanese styles, with handles of whorled exotic woods like gidgee, koa, or snakewood. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2023 The small whorled pogonia was found by botanists in Vermont last month, according to a Wednesday Facebook post from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Fox News, 21 July 2022 The williwaw, a gale-force wind that came rolling down the mountain gathering speed, was depicted as a whorled cloud. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2022 Popp, Marcus, Doubleday and Gange returned to the site together this spring and confirmed the presence of small whorled pogonia, which were in bloom at the time. CBS News, 9 June 2022 Monū creates elaborate cloud shapes and regal masks that extend past the face and the top of the head, each densely thatched with synthetic blooms, some in neon brights and powder pinks, others evoking the small red heilala or white whorled tiare. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Now, a new study, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that the whorled ridges of our fingerprints may help explain the extraordinary sensitivity of human touch, reports Nicola Davis for the Guardian. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whorled was in 1567

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“Whorled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whorled. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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ˈhwȯr(-ə)ld How to pronounce whorled (audio) ˈwȯr(-ə)ld How to pronounce whorled (audio)
: having or arranged in whorls
whorled leaves
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