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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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The course of his life was diving into its reverse spiral by now, into that dark, whorling aperture.
On and on, faster and faster he rocked, till the colours of the vision became a blur, whorling, whorling in his head, till the beads of perspiration broke upon his face, sweet and innocent.
Bathers, their toes dipping into seas whorling with Art Nouveau ripples, appear frequently, as do other human figures.
Sometimes I imagine our footprints leaving trails like snails, and picture the garden glittering like glass or silver, its green obscured by a multitude of steps, our whorling tattoos of movement finely dotted into the ground which bore us.
External surface--smooth cut section--gritty to cut, gray white and whorling present.
Whorling pattern as well as long broad fascicles of spindle cells.
An Antoni A pattern is characterized by elongated and spindle-shaped Schwann's cells arranged in short bundles or interlacing fascicles with nuclear palisading, whorling of the cells, and Verocay' s bodies.
Bein fell silent, whorling one of his ears toward Kohke.
on cut section of fibroid, glistening yellow areas seen and another greyish white area of whorling was also identified measuring 1x1 cm.