EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WHORL
How old is the very top, down to the first whorl of branches?
The great nebula in Orion was a whorl of shimmering star dust.
Let us suppose a whorl of eight leaves, surmounted by a similar whorl of eight.
The spore-clusters, at the tips of the branches, are surrounded by a whorl of branchlets.
But he saw a glimmer in a whorl of darkness, like a ball of living fire.
Calyx absent or represented by a whorl of silky hairs (pappus).
The leaves are very narrow, usually four in a whorl, and very unequal.
He states that it is cut from the suture, where a whorl joins the preceding one.
The sole difference is in the size and material of the whorl.
The Mexican whorl has a Mexican style of ornamentation, etc.
mid-15c., "flywheel or pulley on a spindle," perhaps an alteration of whirl. Meaning "circle of leaves or flowers round a stem of a plant" is first recorded 1550s. Of seashells or other spiral structures, from 1828.