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whorl

1. Botany a radial arrangement of three or more petals, stamens, leaves, etc., around a stem
2. Zoology a single turn in a spiral shell
3. one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several complete circular ridges one inside another

Whorl

 

a weight attached to a spindle that stabilizes the spindle and enables it to rotate uniformly. Whorls have been known since the late Neolithic period. Originally they were made of clay, and later of stone. From the 11th to the 13th century, whorls made of pink slate were widely distributed in Rus’; they were made near Ovruch in Volyn’ region, where the only deposits of pink slate in Eastern Europe are found. Some slate whorls were inscribed with the names of their owners. The production of whorls in Ovruch ceased after the city’s destruction by the Tatars in the 13th century; as a result, clay whorls again became predominant in Rus’.

whorl

[wərl]
(botany)
An arrangement of several identical anatomical parts, such as petals, in a circle around the same point.
(forensic science)
A fingerprint pattern in which at least two deltas are present with a recurve in front of each.
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And a final visual bon mot, the cochon's corkscrew penis juts out over ruddy testicles, imitating a real pig's organ that is, zoologists affirm, designed by nature to accommodate the female's complementary whorling vagina.
Drifting to meet us on the darkening stage A pattern shivers; whorling in its place Another holds us in a living cage And drifts to its reordered phase of grace; Was it not so?
Whorling or palisading of nuclei (Verocay bodies) may also be seen.
Love's Ligature," by Dennis Lewis, for example, relies on successions of imprecise adjectives and verbs, as in "The Atlantic's frisky shoulders tormented the defiant cliffs, whorling and slipping in foaming bravado across the sharp daggers of stone.
The vast waterfalls, like Celilo, have been drowned by dams, and the wild waters ("agitated gut Swelling, boiling & whorling in every direction," Clark complained) calmed into pools amenable to windsurfing.