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Whirligig vs. Pinwheel

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Whirligignoun

Anything that whirls or spins around, such as a toy top or a merry-go-round.

Pinwheelnoun

An artificial flower with a stem, usually plastic, for children: the flower spins round in the wind, like a small paper windmill.

Whirligignoun

A device incorporating spinning, wind-driven propellers or pinwheels, used as whimsical outdoor decoration in a garden or on a porch.

Pinwheelnoun

A firework which forms a kind of spinning wheel.

Whirligignoun

A whirligig beetle.

Pinwheelnoun

A cogged (toothed) gear.

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Whirligignoun

A device for punishing prisoners, comprising a wooden cage that rapidly spins around.

Pinwheelnoun

A pastry which resembles the artificial flowers above, with some filling or topping in the center.

Whirligignoun

A child's toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an axis, or like a top.

Pinwheelnoun

Any food product consisting of layers (for example of pastry and sweet filling, or of bread and meat) rolled into a spiral, visually similar to a cinnamon roll.

Whirligignoun

Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden horses.

‘With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning about each head.’;

Pinwheelverb

(ambitransitive) To spin.

‘The damaged fighter jet pinwheeled out of control, the g-forces pushing the pilot so hard he couldn't reach the ejection switch.’;

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Whirligignoun

A mediæval instrument for punishing petty offenders, being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which the offender was whirled round with great velocity.

Pinwheelnoun

perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels

Whirligignoun

Any one of numerous species of beetles belonging to Gyrinus and allied genera. The body is firm, oval or boatlike in form, and usually dark colored with a bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also weaver, whirlwig, and whirlwig beetle.

Pinwheelnoun

circular-shaped firework; spins round and round

Whirligignoun

a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin;

‘he got a bright red top and string for his birthday’;

Whirligignoun

large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride on

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Whirligigverb

whirl or spin like a whirligig

Whirligig

A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one part that spins or whirls. A whirligig can also be a pinwheel, spinning top, buzzer, comic weather-vane, gee-haw, spinner, whirlygig, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or simply a whirly.

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