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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A circular arrangement, as of flowers, leaves, or hairs, growing about a central point; a whorl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A whorl, a group of similar parts such as leaves radiating from a shared axis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A circle either of leaves or flowers about a stem at the same node; a whorl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a whorl: applied to organs, as leaves or tlowers, that are disposed in a circle or ring around an axis.
  • n. In zoology, a whorl, or circular set of parts radiating from an axis: as, a verticil of hairs, tentacles, or processes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a whorl of leaves growing around a stem

Etymologies

Latin verticillus, the whorl of a spindle, diminutive of vertex, vertic-, highest point; see vertex.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin verticillum (Wiktionary)

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