curl [-s] n

Danish kroller, to curl, crisp.

  1. Ringlet; strand; lock of hair cut as a souvenir.
  2. Thin spiral leaf; helix-like stem on a plant; whorl-like projection of an entwining vine.
  3. Wave; undulation in water; swell in the ocean.
  4. Phrase. “Frocks and Curls”: dresses and hair styles; [merism] little girls who once lived; well-groomed young women who used to be alive.

curl [-ed, -s] v

ME crull.

  1. Loop; curve; roll; bend.