Whorl describes something that looks like loops — a strand of curly hair that boings back up when you pull in then let it go, a corkscrew, even the track of a roller coaster that spins you in every direction.

Use whorl to describe a thing that swirls or curls — the loops of icing on a birthday cake, the spiral curves of a mountain road, or a lock of curly hair. Whorl is also a good word to describe a flower whose petals form layer after layer of circles. Don't confuse the noun whorl with its homophone whirl, a verb that means "to spin in a circle."

Definitions of whorl

n a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

coil, curl, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, scroll
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(botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth
(botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
a whorl of leaves growing around a stem
persistent enlarged calyx at base of e.g. a strawberry or raspberry
calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelions
Type of:
round shape
a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

n a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

coil, helix, spiral, volute
a coil of rope or wool or yarn
coils of worsted yarn
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n a strand or cluster of hair

curl, lock, ringlet
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sausage curl
a fat sausage-shaped curl
a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
one of many long thin braids of hair radiating from the scalp; popularized by Rastafarians
a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)
pin curl
a curl of hair made by dampening a strand of hair and curling it and holding the curl with a clip or bobby pin
kiss curl, spit curl
a spiral curl plastered on the forehead or cheek
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a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss

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