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  1. vortical; whirling.
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Origin of vorticose

First recorded in 1775–85, vorticose is from the Latin word vorticōsus eddying. See vortical, -ose1
Related formsvor·ti·cose·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • According to some observers, the concluding movements were vorticose.

    A Study of Recent Earthquakes

    Charles Davison

  • The shock which agitated the building is described as having been horizontal and vorticose.

  • But will not the admission of a vorticose motion of the ethereal medium, affect the aberration of light?

British Dictionary definitions for vorticose


  1. rare rotating quickly; whirling
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin vorticōsus, variant of verticōsus full of whirlpools; see vertex
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