Shape Thesaurus: Spiral


Vines, creepers
Falling leaves
DNA strands
Sea shells
Fiddle heads…


Old phone cords
Bed springs
Rotini pasta
Energy saving light bulbs
Cinnamon buns…

Synonyms: helix, coil, corkscerw, whorled, centrifugal, curly, looping…

Describing a shape is best done in as few words as possible. Think of the shape as a camera snap shot–you want to capture the gist of what you mean as soon as possible so you can get on with other related (and more important) detail, and the action happening in the scene

Accurate shape comparisons will streamline your prose, allowing you to describe an object quickly so the reader’s focus stays on the action and events of each scene.

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11 years ago

Good question, Bish–I guess it would depend on the type.

I know Mary–Cinnamon buns are soooo scrumptious!

Mary Witzl
11 years ago

Cinnamon buns. Sigh… I really wish you hadn’t included that example!

Bish Denham
11 years ago

Would mazes be considered a spiral?