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torse

[tawrs] /tɔrs/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
a wreath of twisted silks of two alternating tinctures, usually a metal and a color, depicted supporting a crest or coronet, often upon a helmet.
Origin of torse
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French: wreath, noun use of feminine of tors twisted < Late Latin torsus (past participle), for Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist
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