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curlicue

[kur-li-kyoo] /ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu/
noun
1.
an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Also, curlycue.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; curly + cue2
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Examples from the web for curlicue
  • No acid trips, no homemade special effects, not a curlicue of camp.
  • Most egg cases have points or long, curlicue strings that attach to seaweed.
  • Another is a dark curlicue as gnarled as a ram's horn.
British Dictionary definitions for curlicue

curlicue

/ˈkɜːlɪˌkjuː/
noun
1.
an intricate ornamental curl or twist
Word Origin
C19: from curly + cue²
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Word Origin and History for curlicue
n.

1843, American English, from curly + cue, perhaps from French queue "tail" or letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was curlie-wurlie (1772).

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