Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) type genus of the family Helicidae
  2. (noun, artifact) a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
  3. (noun, shape) a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

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Synonyms of Helix

coil, genus helix, spiral, volute, whorl

Alternate forms of Helix

Derivations: helical

Hyponyms: double helix, hank

Hypernyms: construction, curve, curved shape, mollusk genus, structure

Origin of the word Helix

  1. 1563, from L. helix "spiral," from Gk. helix (gen. helikos), related to eilein "to turn, twist, roll," from PIE base *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see vulva). more

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