Whorl

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A whorl is a type of spiral or circular pattern.

Other meanings of whorl include:

  • Whorl (botany), used to describe the attachment of sepals, petals, leaves, or branches at a single point
  • Whorl (biology), used to describe the structures of organs and used in the aid of identification
  • Whorl (fingerprint), a type of fingerprint pattern
  • Whorl (mollusc), a single, complete 360° turn in the spiral growth of a mollusc shell
    • Body whorl, in a mollusc shell the most recently formed whorl of a spiral shell, terminating in the aperture
  • Hair whorl, a whorl in the hair of an animal
  • Hair whorl (horse), hair whorls in horses
  • Spindle whorl, a weight attached to a spindle