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noun curl pronunciation in American English /kɜrl/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] a section of hair that grows or is shaped in a curve

    blond/dark curls

    1. a.
      [singular/uncountable] the way that someone's hair grows in curls

      The heat takes all the curl out of your hair.

  2. 2
    [countable] something long and thin that has a curved or circular shape
    curl of:

    a curl of smoke/ribbon

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