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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.
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an intricate ornamental curl or twist
[C19: from curly + cue2]
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or cur•ly•cue

(ˈkɜr lɪˌkyu)

an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.
[1835–45; curly + cue2]
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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"
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[ˈkɜːlɪkjuː] Nfloritura f, floreo m
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[ˈkɜːrlikjuː] n (= decorative twist) → fioriture f
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nSchnörkel m
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At one of the film's initial crime scenes, a private investigator casts a beady eye over a ransom note and is drawn to a curlicued capital letter that appears to have been snipped from the pages of an adult magazine.
A drawing tried to capture the two-feet-high baroque tower or castle made of columns of curlicued pralines bought at La Campana: 'Its layers were filled with fruit candies, tiny cornucopias with almonds called plantanitos, mazapan with nuts, yemas or glazed egg yolk sweets, tocino del cielo, and cabello de angel or fine strands of spun sugar.'
Loopy kelps, fringed anemones, crenulated sea slugs, and curlicued corals have all been modelled with these methods.
And those pallid, curlicued light bulbs will only be adopted if the government chokes off the supply of the other kind.
Above this is attached a movable 'rete', a kind of openwork graticule bearing little curlicued pointers identifying the positions of the bright stars.
His bald pate jauntily crowned with a curlicued topknot.