curli

/ (ˈkɜːlɪ) /

pl n

bacteriol curled hairlike processes on the surface of the bacterium Escherichia coli by means of which the bacterium adheres to and infects wounds

Nearby words

  1. curler,
  2. curlew,
  3. curlew sandpiper,
  4. curley,
  5. curley, james michael,
  6. curlicue,
  7. curling,
  8. curling iron,
  9. curling stone,
  10. curling tongs

Word Origin for curli

C20: from curl (ed) (pil) i

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Examples from the Web for curli

  • A curlew, motionless on his long legs, calls cheerfully from the point of sand: "CurliCurli!"

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