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Definition of the noun whorl

What does whorl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: whorls

  1. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of whorl: coil / curl / curlicue / gyre / ringlet / roll / scroll
    • more generic term: round shape = a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
    • more specific words:
      • corolla = the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth
      • calyx = the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud
      • verticil = a whorl of leaves growing around a stem
  2. a strand or cluster of hair
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of whorl: curl / lock / ringlet
    • more generic word: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
    • more specific terms:
      • sausage curl = a fat sausage-shaped curl
      • forelock = a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
      • crimp = a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
      • dreadlock = one of many long thin braids of hair radiating from the scalp
    • part of: coif / coiffure / hair style / hairdo / hairstyle = the arrangement of the hair
  3. a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

Alternative definition of the noun whorl


  1. A pattern of concentric circles.
  2. [botany] A circle of three or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
  3. [zoology] A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
  4. [archaic] A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle, compare 1460.

Definition of the verb whorl

What does whorl mean as a doing word?


  1. [intransitive] To form a pattern of concentric circles.


Whorl is a musical group.


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  1. Whorl: A whorl is a single, complete 360° revolution or turn in the spiral growth of a mollusc shell. A spiral configuration of the shell is found in of numerous gastropods, but it is also found in shelled cephalopods including Nautilus, Spirula and the large extinct subclass of cephalopods known as the ammonites.
  2. Whorl: In botany, a whorl is an arrangement of sepals, petals, leaves, stipules or branches that radiate from a single point and surround or wrap around the stem. A whorl consists of at least three elements; a pair of opposite leaves is not called a whorl.
  3. Whorl: In biology, a whorl might occur at the ends of different structures or occur in the middle of structures. It's often used to describe the structures of organs and used in the aid of identification. It's a cluster of cells or tissue that surround another, that starts at the same plain of axis or starts at one point and wraps around that point in an expanding circular pattern.

Phrases with Whorl

Phrases starting with the word Whorl:

  1. whorl foot
  2. Whorl-Leaf Watermilfoil

Phrases ending with the word Whorl:

  1. Eastern Flat-Whorl
  2. Western Flat-Whorl

Other phrases containing the word Whorl:

  1. Six-Whorl Vertigo
  2. Water Whorl Grass
  3. Small-Whorl Mallow
  4. Bent Two-Whorl Buckwheat
  5. Smooth Two-Whorl Buckwheat

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Whorl

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Google previewSelf Culture for Young People: Our wonderful world (1907)

by Andrew Sloan Draper, Charles Welsh

The first whorl is the calyx or cup. It consists of protecting, steadying leaves or sepals, generally green, but sometimes colored, as in the Fuchsia and in the singular Bougainvillea. The next whorl is the corolla, and it is 232 OUR WONDERFUL ...

Google previewFundamentals of Fingerprint Analysis (2014)

by Hillary Moses Daluz

A whorl is a circular pattern. Most friction ridges in these...

A requirement for a plain whorl is that an imaginary line drawn from delta to delta must cut through at least one recurving ridge (Figure 4.9). This distinguishes plain whorls from central ...


(8th Ed.) by DeVere D. Woods

A Plain Whorl is a pattern in which one or more ridges appear to revolve around a center point often making a...

An Accidental Whorl is an unusual ridge pattern that does not conform to any of the rules that would apply to the other patterns.

Google previewElementary Agriculture (1916)

by James Stewart Grim

The outside whorl is the calyx, and each of its leaves is a sepal. The second whorl is the corolla, and each of its leaves is a petal. (3) The base of the calyx supports a third whorl of several thread-like parts. These are the stamens. Each stamen ...

Google previewWhich Word Shall I Use? (2012)

by Marisa Dunn

Whorl is a spiral shape, a swirl, a vortex; something that is twisted and shaped like a coil. Whole-Hole Whole means, entire, complete, total, the whole number, the full amount and quantity, uncut, in one piece. Hole is a cavity, an aperture, ...

Google previewSmithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (1890)

by Smithsonian Institution

The stout helmet-shaped whorl is a larval characteristic, derived from the primitive ancestral Goniatitic form, Anarcestes. It is found in all the Ammonitiuae at an early stage of growth, and may be retained in radical forms until a late stage ; and in ...

Google previewThe Artful Nuance (2009)

A Refined Guide to Imperfectly Understood Words in the English Language by Rod L. Evans Ph.D.

A whorl is something coiled, spiral, or circular in appearance: “In fingerprinting, a whorl is a complete circle of ridge shapes rather than a loop or an arch.” “We saw a whorl of smoke rise from the chimney.” WOEBEGONE/WOEFUL (ADJ.) ...

Google previewThe Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland (2013)

by Nancy Edwards

Textile production, for example, seems to have been carried out in almost every settlement since the spindle whorl is a ubiquitous find. Other crafts, however, were definitely more specialized. The excavation of sites such as Garryduff 1 and ...

Google previewStudies in Ancient Technology (1987)

by R. J. Forbes

The whorl is a perforated disk of wood, stone, pottery, bone, metal or glass, which acts as a fly-wheel when the spindle is spun. Some believe that it originated in the clay collected by a spindle stuck in the ground and found to improve the ...

Google previewA Text-Book of Botany (2011)

Morphological and Physiological by Julius Sachs, Alfred W. Bennett, W. T. Thiselton Dyer

A whorl is a true one when the level of the axial structure is originally such, as occurs in both the lastnamed plants and in many flowers; spurious whorls, on the other hand, are such as are formed by displacement and unequal growth of the ...

Google previewManual of Security Sensitive Microbes and Toxins (2014)

by Dongyou Liu

Based on controlled inoculation experiments, whorl is the most susceptible part of maize seedlings.9 The first symptoms of PDM typically appear as chlorotic stripes or overall yellowing at the first true ...

Google previewHandbook of Plant Science (2007)

by Keith Roberts

The next two whorls are reproductive. First, there is androecium, made up of the male organs called stamens. Finally, the innermost whorl is the gynoecium, made up of separate carpels or, very commonly, the carpels are fused together to form ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Plants (1872)

Comprising the Specific Character, Description, and Every Other Desirable Particular Respecting All the Plants Indigenous to Britain. Ed. by Mrs. Loudon, Assisted by G. Don and D. Wooster by John Claudius Loudon

5in whorl reflex:-d wool , Flws. termin. Bract. remote from ...

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia ... (1830)

by Sir David Brewster

Shell glossy, pellucid, horn-coloured, the body whorl large, the others very small; apex blunt ; mouth oblong; length half an inch, breadth a quarter. Lin. Trans, vol. 8. tab. 4, fig. 1. In stagnant pools in England and Scotland common. 17. Rivalis.

Google previewBiographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers (2007)

by Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard Jarrell, Jordan D. Marché, F. Jamil Ragep

The outermost whorl, broad and “spangled” with stars, rotates the same as the spindle itself; the seven inner whorls revolve gently in the opposite direction. The eighth (innermost) lunar whorl moves the fastest, illuminated by the next (seventh ) ...

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Scrabble value of W4H4O1R1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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