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[tawr-ee-ee, tohr-] /ˈtɔr iˌi, ˈtoʊr-/
noun, plural torii.
(in Japan) a form of decorative gateway or portal, consisting of two upright wooden posts connected at the top by two horizontal crosspieces, commonly found at the entrance to Shinto temples.
Origin of torii
1720-30; < Japanese, equivalent to tori bird + (w)i perch Unabridged
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noun (pl) -rii
a gateway, esp one at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto temple
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese, literally: a perch for birds
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Word Origin and History for torii

singular and plural, "gateway to a Shinto temple," Japanese, from tori "bird" + i "to sit, to perch."

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