Contorted Con*tort"ed, a. 1. Twisted, or twisted together. ``A contorted chain of icicles.'' --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) (a) Twisted back upon itself, as some parts of plants. (b) Arranged so as to overlap each other; as, petals in contorted or convolute [ae]stivation. [1913 Webster]

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  • contorted — con•tort•ed [[t]kənˈtɔr tɪd[/t]] adj. 1) twisted in a violent manner; distorted 2) twisted back on itself; convoluted • Etymology: 1615–25 …   From formal English to slang

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