AskDefine | Define curlicue

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1 a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles [syn: coil, whorl, roll, curl, ringlet, gyre, scroll]
2 a short twisting line [syn: squiggle]

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  1. A fancy twisting or curling shape made from a series of concentric circles
fancy curling shape

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A curlicue, or alternatively curlycue, in the visual arts, is a fancy twist, or curl, composed usually from a series of concentric circles. It is a recurring motif in architecture (as decoration to the lintel/architrave above a door), in calligraphy and in general scrollwork.

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