Definition of whorl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɜːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrl//
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  1. 1a pattern made by a curved line that forms a rough circle, with smaller circles inside bigger ones the whorls on your fingertips
  2. 2 (specialist) a ring of leaves, flowers, etc. around the stem of a plant
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a small flywheel): apparently a variant of whirl, influenced by Old English wharve ‘whorl of a spindle’.
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