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whorl

whorl

 
pronunciation:
worl [or] wuhrl
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a circular arrangement, as of leaves or petals around a center, or a coiled shape.
similar words:
ring, swirl
definition 2: a circular or spiraling movement, as of a current of air, smoke, or water.
similar words:
swirl
definition 3: a single coil of a spiral shell, as of a snail.
definition 4: a single ridge, forming a complete circle, in the center of a fingerprint.
derivation: whorled (adj.)