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adj. curl·i·er, curl·i·est
1. Having curls.
2. Having the tendency to curl.
3. Having a wavy grain: curly maple wood.

curl′i·ly adv.
curl′i·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curliness - (of hair) a tendency to curl
curvature, curve - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
straightness - (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl
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(kəːl) verb
1. to twist or turn (especially hair) into small coils or rolls. My hair curls easily.
2. (sometimes with up) to move in curves; to bend or roll. The paper curled (up) at the edges.
1. a coil of hair etc.
2. the quality of being curled. My hair has very little curl in it.
ˈcurler noun
an object round which hair is rolled to make it curl, fastened in the hair.
ˈcurly adjective
curly hair.
ˈcurliness noun
curl up
to move or roll into a position or shape. The hedgehog curled (itself) up into a ball.
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Worldwide diversity of hair curliness: A new method of assessment.
"There's lots of different types of noodles, but the ones that we get, in particular, are made specifically for us, with specifications for a certain curliness, thickness and chewiness," said Fukumitsu.
They study the hair patterns, the volume, the natural tendencies, curliness and other details of what your hair is like, said Roma.
Another gene, PRSS53, which was found to influence hair curliness, was investigated by the University of Bradford's Center for Skin Sciences as part of the study.
You want to maintain the curliness of the texture, so scrunch it periodically instead.