whorled

adjective
\ ˈhwȯr(-ə)ld How to pronounce whorled (audio) , ˈwȯr(-ə)ld, ˈ(h)wər(-ə)ld How to pronounce whorled (audio) \

Definition of whorled

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

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Its whorled shoots are tiny, typically shorter than eight inches and less than an inch thick. Marion Renault, New York Times, "This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.," 13 Aug. 2019 Its leaves are narrow and whorled, and flowers are green and white with tinges of purple. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Garden plants vital to the life of butterflies | Idaho Statesman," 18 Oct. 2017 True to its name, the foot-long snail kite eats only snails—its hooked beak is the ideal shape for plucking muscular morsels from whorled shells. National Geographic, "Deadly Brain Disease Is Driving Swamp Birds Insane," 18 May 2016 McCormick analyzed the DNA of soil samples collected immediately adjacent to wild small-whorled pogonias, and used that data to calculate how much Russulaceae hyphae was present in the soil at each site. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "A Mystery of Hiding Orchids, Solved," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of whorled

1567, in the meaning defined above

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