torii

[ tawr-ee-ee ]
/ ˈtɔr iˌi /

noun, plural to·ri·i.

(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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Origin of torii

First recorded in 1720–30; from Japanese, equivalent to tori “bird” + (w)i “perch”
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British Dictionary definitions for torii

torii
/ (ˈtɔːrɪˌiː) /

noun plural -rii

a gateway, esp one at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto temple

Word Origin for torii

C19: from Japanese, literally: a perch for birds
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