noun Botany, Zoology.

a whorl or circle, as of leaves or hairs, arranged around a point on an axis.

Origin of verticil

1695–1705; < Latin verticillus spindle whorl, equivalent to vertic- (stem of vertex) vertex + -illus diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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biology a circular arrangement of parts about an axis, esp leaves around a stem

Word Origin for verticil

C18: from Latin verticillus whorl (of a spindle), from vertex
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