ringlet


ringlet

noun

  1. a curled lock of hair.
  2. a small ring or circle.
  3. Astronomy. one of the thin or narrow rings that compose the major rings of Saturn.

noun

  1. a lock of hair hanging down in a spiral curl
  2. any of numerous butterflies of the genus Erebia, most of which occur in S Europe and have dark brown wings marked with small black-and-white eyespots: family Satyridae
n.

1550s, from ring (n.1) + diminutive suffix -let. Of hair, since 1660s. Related: Ringleted.

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