- helical rack,
- helical scan,
- helicine artery,
noun, plural hel·i·ces [hel-uh-seez] /ˈhɛl əˌsiz/, he·lix·es.
- a spiral ornament.
- (in a Corinthian capital) either of two scrolls issuing from a cauliculus.Compare Corinthian(def 2).
Origin of helix
Origin of Corinthian
Examples from the Web for helices
In the mossy woods live a large, yellowish, black-spotted Limax, and two Helices of middling size.A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2|Otto von Kotzebue
The two helices are all snarled together, and at certain times our coil of time intersects her coil.
Helices, and slugs are thus tom apart by bands of carabes who dig them up and dissect them in a boiling of saliva.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
There were two helices all right, as an explanation of how Pheola could be right and then wrong.
When the iron cylinder was replaced by an equal cylinder of copper, no effect beyond that of the helices alone was produced.Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1|Michael Faraday
noun plural helices (ˈhɛlɪˌsiːz) or helixes
Word Origin for helix
1650s as an architectural order, from Corinth, the ancient Greek city-state. In classical times Corinth was notorious for its luxury and licentiousness among the Greek states (and for not scorning trade and profit); hence Corinthian, noun and adjective, in various slang or colloquial sense in English, especially "a swell, a man about town" (early to mid-19c. but especially in the 1820s).
"a spiral thing," 1560s, from Latin helix "spiral," from Greek helix (genitive helikos), related to eilein "to turn, twist, roll," from PIE *wel-ik-, from root *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see volvox).
n. pl. he•lix•es
In geometry, a three-dimensional spiral shape, resembling a spring.