adjective (curlier; -est) Date: 1598 1. tending to curl; also having curls <
curly hair
2. having the grain composed of fibers that undulate without crossing and that often form alternating light and dark lines <
curly maple
curliness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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