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The Collaborative Dictionary

Whorled \Whorled\, a. Furnished with whorls; arranged in the form of a whorl or whorls; verticillate; as, whorled leaves. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whorled adj
1 like the pattern basic to the human fingerprint [syn: looped]
2 in the shape of a coil [syn: coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, turbinate]
3 forming one or more whorls (especially a whorl of leaves around a stem) [syn: verticillate, verticillated]



  • (UK): /wɜːld/, /w3:ld/ or /ʍɜːld/, /W3:ld/ (in Scottish English and some English accents)
  • (US): , /wɝld/, /w3`ld/ or , /ʍɝld/, /W3:`ld/ (in Scottish English and some English accents)
Rhymes with: -ɜː(r)ld



  1. formed from whorls; having whorls
Whorl is a type of spiral pattern.
Other meanings of whorl include:
  • Whorl (mollusc), a single, complete 360° turn in the spiral growth of a mollusc shell
    • Body whorl, in a mollusc shell the most recently formed whorl of a spiral shell, terminating in the aperture
  • A whorl of sepals or petals or leaves on plants, in which all the parts are attached at the same point and surround or wrap around the stem.
  • 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.
  • A type of fingerprint pattern
  • A weight attached to a spindle
  • Doesn't apply to hair patterns
whorled in Portuguese: Verticilo
whorled in Simple English: Whorl
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