[syn: coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whorl \Whorl\, n. [OE. whorvil the whirl of a spindle; akin to
AS. hweorfa the whirl of a spindle, hweorfan to turn; cf. OD.
worvel the whirl of a spindle. See Whirl, n. & v.]
1. (Bot.) A circle of two or more leaves, flowers, or other
organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
2. (Zool.) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve
3. (Spinning) The fly of a spindle.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as
formed by leaves or flower petals) [syn: coil, whorl,
roll, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, scroll]
2: a strand or cluster of hair [syn: lock, curl, ringlet,
3: a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous
series of loops; "a coil of rope" [syn: coil, spiral,
volute, whorl, helix]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "whorl":
cirrus, coil, contort, corkscrew, crinkle, curl, curlicue, eddy,
evolute, gurge, gyre, helix, intort, involute, kink, meander, purl,
ringlet, roll, scallop, screw, scroll, serpentine, slink, snake,
spiral, swirl, tendril, turn, twine, twirl, twist, twist and turn,
volute, volution, vortex, whirl, whirlpool, wind, worm, wring