A beautiful and early example of its use occurs on the torus of the Ionic columns of the Erectheum at Athens.
The lateral arcades have similar capitals but only one torus.
At each corner of the black marble bases, and touching the torus of the column, the head of a bird or animal has been carved.
Thalamaflorous, with petals and stamens inserted on the torus or Thalamus.
The torus or Receptacle of the flower (237, Fig. 223) is the portion which belongs to the stem or axis.
At this time each pistil loosens from the torus and can be easily removed, especially if some animal touch the hooks.
In section this moulding may be compared to a large scotia divided into two cavettos by a torus.
The Cistercians introduced the torus profile of diagonals, but they long clung to round-headed windows.
In the first place there is the circular moulding or torus with a carved ribbon twisting about it.
Fragment of the base of an unfinished column, with torus moulding and horizontal flutings only partially carried out.
1560s, from Latin torus "a swelling, bulge, knot; cushion, couch."
torus to·rus (tôr'əs)
n. pl. to·ri (tôr'ī)
A bulging or rounded projection or swelling, such as is caused by a bone or muscle.