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
Examples from the Web for helix
Contemporary Examples of helix
Maazel writes about a soon-to-be Helix hostage, Anne-Janet, who was on “cancer furlough.”What a Real Cult Novel Looks Like
April 5, 2013
Historical Examples of helix
Sometimes the helix is prolonged so as to divide the concha in two.Criminal Man
The expanded metal covering was also wire tied to the helix.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
For ornaments they have a stick in the helix, or simple ornament in the ear-lobe.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
Does the current in the wire at the top of the helix move east or west?Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
Helix (Theba) cartusiana (first noticed near a Carthusian monastery).Our British Snails
John William Horsley
noun plural helices (ˈhɛlɪˌsiːz) or helixes
Word Origin for helix
"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.