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also curl·y·cue  (kûr′lĭ-kyo͞o′)
A fancy twist or curl, such as a flourish made with a pen.

[curly + cue, tail, and possibly cue.]

curl′i·cued adj.


an intricate ornamental curl or twist
[C19: from curly + cue2]


or cur•ly•cue

(ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu)

an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
[1835–45; curly + cue2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curlicue - a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)curlicue - a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
corolla - (botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth; "we cultivate the flower for its corolla"
calyx - (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
verticil - a whorl of leaves growing around a stem
2.curlicue - a short twisting linecurlicue - a short twisting line    
line - a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"


[ˈkɜːlɪkjuː] Nfloritura f, floreo m


[ˈkɜːrlikjuː] n (= decorative twist) → fioriture f


nSchnörkel m
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Even that little curlicue on the line (our friend, the comma) may unequivocally alter meaning and intent.
Larry pressed his red nose against the glass and twisted his blue tail into a curlicue.
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