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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n curlicue a short twisting line
    • n curlicue a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n curlicue Some thing curled or spiral, as a flourish made with a pen on paper, or with skates on the ice; a trick; a frolicsome caper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curlicue Something fantastically curled or twisted: as, to make a curlicue with the pen; to cut curlicues in skating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Curlicue a fantastic curl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. caracole,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. crull; Dut. krullen, Dan. krolle, to curl.


In literature:

I am called Curlicue, and am an object of derision; I entreat you to make me less ridiculous.
"The Red Fairy Book" by Various
Knew it by the little curlicue in the top corner of the O.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
With her head bowed forward, her pose an epitome of patience, she fixed her eyes upon the pencil point, which slowly made meaningless curlicues.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Eventually old Clay Kittredge died, and the son chopped the "Jr." curlicue from the end of his name and began a new regime.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
On a table near the door was a case of shiny black wood, curlicued with gold, and lined with velvet.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Avoid unnecessary flourishes in capitals, and curlicues at the end of words.
"The Century Handbook of Writing" by Garland Greever
It's a whackin' big place, all fenced in with fancy iron work and curlicue gates fourteen feet high.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
Shivering, he wished he were home, stiffly safe in a curlicued chair, with Solomon dialing his dinner for him.
"Sugar Plum" by Reginald Bretnor
I've grown up among flowers and curlicues.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
The guns boom, and soon a little curlicue of light is seen curving through the air.
"With the Battle Fleet" by Franklin Matthews

In poetry:

The atmosphere was glutinous;
The Cam-u-el was mutinous;
He dumped the pack from off his back; with Horrid grunts and squeals
He made the desert hideous;
With strategy perfidious
He tied his neck in curlicues, he kicked his paddy heals.
"The Legend Of The First Cam-u-el: An Arabian Apologue" by Arthur Guiterman

In news:

When only a curlicue will do.
It also looks like an exaggeration of the unruly curlicue that erupts from Fellini 's own inquisitive right eyebrow.
In France, Edgar Brandt shaped iron into gates of lacy, delicate curlicues (example, below).
With curlicue horns that resemble coiled snakes, the markhor proudly represents Pakistan as the country's national mammal.
But the duo is even more interested in branches, spinning melodic motifs into long, graceful tangents and wild curlicues.
This approach to rough milling replaces straight lines with "curlicue" moves of constant radius.
This is an approach to rough milling in which straight lines are replaced by "curlicue" circular moves of constant radius.
This font from Paolo Vannucci at Alphabet & Type, has an impromptu lean to the ascenders and descenders, together with the curlicues at the apex of the lowercase letters G, J, and Y, that defines this font 's informality and youth.
THE SPICE OF LIFE — In the spring, hard-neck garlic gets a scape, or a flower on a curlicue stem.
A thick stripe of black sesame purée bisected the first plate to greet our table at AQ, pearly curlicues of squid flaring along its length ($10).
The card has filigrees and curlicues to counterbalance the crispness of the number and suit.
With their wrinkly faces, curlicue tails, labored breathing and underbite, pugs are hilarious little dogs.

In science:

Cellarosi, Limiting curlicue measures for theta sums.
Limit Theorems for Horocycle Flows