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curl

noun [C/U]  /kɜrl/ us  
a piece of hair having a curving shape, like part of a circle, or something else having a circular shape: [C] He loved that dark curl at the back of her neck. [C] We watched the curls of smoke rise from his pipe.

curl

verb [I/T]  /kɜrl/ us  
to form or cause something to form a curving or twisted shape: [T] If I don’t curl my hair, it looks too stringy.
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Translations of “curl”
in Korean 동그랗게 말린 컬…
in Arabic التِفاف, تَجَعُّد…
in French friser, s’enrouler…
in Turkish bukle, kıvırcık…
in Italian ricciolo, spirale (di fumo)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鬈髮, 捲曲物,螺旋狀物…
in Russian локон, завиток…
in Polish lok…
in Spanish rizar, enrollar, enrollarse…
in Portuguese cacho…
in German locken, sich rollen…
in Catalan rínxol…
in Japanese カール…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鬈发,卷发, 卷曲物,螺旋状物…
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