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Helix  n.  (pl. L. helices, E. helixes)  
1.
(Geom.) A nonplane curve whose tangents are all equally inclined to a given plane. The common helix is the curve formed by the thread of the ordinary screw. It is distinguished from the spiral, all the convolutions of which are in the plane.
2.
(Arch.) A caulicule or little volute under the abacus of the Corinthian capital.
3.
(Anat.) The incurved margin or rim of the external ear.
4.
(Zool.) A genus of land snails, including a large number of species. Note: The genus originally included nearly all shells, but is now greatly restricted. See Snail, Pulmonifera.






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Words linked to "Helix" :   coil, whorl, family Helicidae, curve, construction, volute, helical, helix angle, double helix, Helix aspersa, spiral, Helix pomatia, Hedera helix, mollusk genus, Helicidae, hank, structure, genus Helix, Helix hortensis, edible snail, curved shape, garden snail



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