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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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"Visceral but tight, the visual cues surrounding vegetable forms are multifarious, from growth progressions and mathematical curlicues, to portrayals of gardens and botanical prints," says Chell.
Elaine machine quilted curlicues in the green areas and quilted on the black lines of the multicolor print fabric.
Van Groeningen, who wrote the script with Luke Davies, arranges the narrative in chronological curlicues, looping back and forth in time and relying heavily on extended, music-driven montages.
Letters scrambling one on top of the other, interwoven with vines, squiggles, curlicues, and other elaborate decorative itemshellip what a waste of a resource, and what an example of thoughtlessness.
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Whereas on one side there is a beautiful accent wall with a gold peacock feather motif, the other side, for some reason, has butterfly wings and curlicues, which is a bit confusing (Mayura means peacock in Sanskrit, not butterfly).
All of it retains the delicate curlicues and arabesques of the source material, yet exudes 21st-century tough-girl panache.
After I mastered quilting a meander and connecting circles I took a leap to create curlicues. This is another popular quilting design selected for many of the quilts we see at Quiltmaker.
Permeated by excessive ornamental curlicues, this green rabbit revives the flamboyancy of medieval heraldry.
The two Wind Direction works have in common a flattish plane at top that stretches across the center void of the piece; on one it curls upward at the higher end, bringing to mind old-fashioned illustrations of a personified north wind blowing curlicues of cold air.
The illustrations dance across each page, accented with curlicues to give them an animated feel.
It's all-white, with painted silver curlicues, and all-curves-undulating walls, lollipop trees and curving staircases, one inside a round tower that spins to show a delicate Juliet balcony for outside scenes and a simpler upstairs railing for inside scenes.