curlicue

[kur-li-kyoo]
noun
an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
Also, curlycue.


Origin:
1835–45; curly + cue2

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curlicue (ˈkɜːlɪˌkjuː)
 
n
an intricate ornamental curl or twist
 
[C19: from curly + cue²]

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curlicue
1844, from curly + cue, perhaps from Fr. queue "tail" or letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was curlie-wurlie (1772).
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Example sentences
No acid trips, no homemade special effects, not a curlicue of camp.
Another is a dark curlicue as gnarled as a ram's horn.
Most egg cases have points or long, curlicue strings that attach to seaweed.
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