(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 shrines.
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How to use torii in a sentence
Shinjiro torii built the first whisky distillery in Japan in 1923 at Yamazaki on the island of Honshu.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise | Kayleigh Kulp | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is, first, the wooden archway (called torii, or toriwi) through which one passes in approaching the temples.The Shinto Cult | Milton Spenser Terry
They are approached through archways (called torii, or toriwi) of simple construction.The Shinto Cult | Milton Spenser Terry
Occasionally a shrine was visible within, and the obligatory torii stood at the edge of the grove, or within its first limits.
Looking through a torii one is sure to be in the direction of something sacred, whether it be temple or shrine or holy mountain.
Then the temple attendants brushed with brooms the mosses of the pavement about the torii, and the gates were closed.
British Dictionary definitions for torii
a gateway, esp one at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto temple
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