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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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There is no shortcut available, footedness and hair whorl direction notwithstanding.
Teleoconch of 7 whorls; first 4 whorls with axial varices, ~10 in 4th whorl, gradually disappearing after 6th whorl; among varices 5-6 weak cords slightly protruding when crossing varices in the first 2 whorls only (Fig.
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Their topics include the emergence of the Ghassulian textile industry in the southern Levant Chalcolithic Period about 4500-3900 BC, the crescent shaped loom weight as evidence for technology and palace economy in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia, considering the finishing of textiles based on neo-Sumerian inscription from Girsu, tapestries in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages of the Ancient Near East, and the whorls from Ugarit at the Musee d'Archeologie Nationale and at the Louvre.
It's about 9 inches in diameter, about half the size of the largest tooth whorls ever found.
The distinctive "squash blossom" hair whorls indicate that these four maidens are all eligible for courtship, a concept reinforced by the presence of the woven basket.
One way to estimate the age of a pine is to count the number of whorls.
The existence of developed crafts of cloth weaving and dyeing in the Indus Valley five thousand years ago has been proved by the discovery of spindle whorls, bobbins, and a dyer's workshop at Mohenjodaro".
It might be expected that spindles and spindle whorls would have been used to make the threads employed in early textiles (e.
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