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curlicue

Line breaks: cur¦li|cue
Pronunciation: /ˈkəːlɪkjuː
 
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Definition of curlicue in English:

noun

A decorative curl or twist in calligraphy or in the design of an object: the wide bridge was decorated with gilded wrought-iron curlicues
More example sentences
  • I guess I've always thoughtlessly assumed they were decorative, like curlicues and friezes.
  • There are parchments of painstaking calligraphy, replete with fabulous swirls and curlicues, and magic carpets wider than the Bosphorus.
  • From one perspective, the looping appendages and curving elements suggest the handles and decorative curlicues of a Rococo urn.

Origin

mid 19th century: from curly + cue2 (in the sense 'pigtail'), or -cue representing the letter q.

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