whorled

[hwurld, hwawrld, wurld, wawrld]
adjective
1.
having a whorl or whorls.
2.
disposed in the form of a whorl, as leaves.

Origin:
1770–80; whorl + -ed3

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whorl (wɜːl)
 
n
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.  arch Compare loop one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several complete circular ridges one inside another
4.  anything shaped like a coil
 
[C15: probably variant of whervillewhirl, influenced by Dutch worvel]
 
whorled
 
adj

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whorled (wôrld, wûrld)
adj.
Having, arranged in, or forming whorls or a whorl.

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Example sentences
Tendrils growing opposite the leaves add to the whorled appearance.
They are opposite or whorled, and sometimes alternate on the upper portion of the stem.
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