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CURLICUE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does curlicue mean? 

CURLICUE (noun)
  The noun CURLICUE has 2 senses:

1. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
2. a short twisting line

  Familiarity information: CURLICUE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CURLICUE (noun)


Sense 1curlicue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

scroll; ringlet; gyre; curlicue; curl; whorl; coil; roll

Hypernyms ("curlicue" is a kind of...):

round shape (a shape that is curved and without sharp angles)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "curlicue"):

corolla ((botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth)

calyx ((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)

verticil (a whorl of leaves growing around a stem)


Sense 2curlicue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short twisting line

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

squiggle; curlicue

Hypernyms ("curlicue" is a kind of...):

line (a mark that is long relative to its width)


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