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

  • adj. Of or having the shape of a helix; spiral.
  • adj. Having a shape approximating that of a helix.

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  • adj. in the shape of a helix

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or in the form of, a helix; spiral

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having the form of a helix.

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

  • adj. in the shape of a coil


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  • Funny - how you ever seen the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical "Cats?"

    This word made me immediately think of the song "Jellicle Cats," since it rhymes with it. At least I think that's the name of the song.

    Funny how our minds work with what we've fed them over the years for so long and what we have encountered in our individual lives.


    January 5, 2007