1. A composition or structure in radiating form or arrangement, such as a rotating display of fireworks.
2. An ornamental branched candleholder, sometimes backed by a mirror.
3. An earring that consists of a central piece with three smaller ornaments or stones hanging from it.
[French, from Italian girandola, from girare, to turn, from Late Latin gȳrāre; see GYRATE.]
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