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Synonyms for whirligig

a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin

a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement

whirl or spin like a whirligig

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I chose a simple color palette to make a "mini" Whirligig quilt.
The second beetle, found at Loch of Strathbeg near Aberdeen, was a whirligig called Gyrinus paykulli which is found mainly in lochs.
Catherine Wheels have produced a whirligig of a show which, for the littlest ones, could just be about two funny men learning about colour and, for the older ones, can be about concepts of change, difference, acceptance and compassion.
The topics include the ghost mayfly, returning Salmonflies to the Logan River, the mystery of the spine-adorned caddisfly, encounter with Arctic black flies, a dragonfly hanging from a leaf, and in defense of whirligig beetles.
Here we have one of those whirligig cases where an asylum seeker goes up and down on the merry-go-round leaving one wondering when the music will ever stop."
Two pipistrelles whirligig in the half-light of Braade Cottage.
Reminiscent of Paul Fleischman's Whirligig (Perfection Learning, 1999/VOYA, June 1998) this powerful novel shows how everyone's lives become interconnected through the smallest gestures and actions.--Angela Delgado.
"The scientific parallel to Transtromer's metaphor of 'the great unknown' he holds steady can well be the so-called Mach principle, which states that every single inertial movement, let us say the spinning of a whirligig, is dependent on the total mass of matter in the universe.
That whirligig summed up the fascination with Fallon then.
Succession there was none; this passion burned as if at the world's inharmonious core some demigod kept lyric time, and turned the whirligig of chance into the crafted flower.
At last Woolly Bear finds a whirligig beetle friend to snuggle up next to for the winter.
One of the taskforce members is Robin Wilson of Whirligig, Inc., a leading installer of small wind generators.
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Basics of Science.