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Of, relating to, or moving in a vortex; whirling.

vor′ti·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈvɔr tɪ kəl)

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a vortex.
2. moving in a vortex.
vor′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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