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  Dictionary Definition of whorl

whorl
noun
1. a circular arrangement of like parts, as leaves, flowers, etc., round a point on an axis; a verticil.
2. one of the turns or volutions of a spiral shell.
3. one of the principal ridge-shapes of a fingerprint, forming at least one complete circle (distinguished from loop and arch ).
4. Anatomy one of the turns in the cochlea of the ear.
5. anything shaped like a coil.
[ME whorvil, from whorve (OE hweorfa whorl) + -l, suffix]