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[tawr-nil-oh, -nee-oh; Spanish tawr-nee-lyaw, -nee-yaw]
noun, plural tor·nil·los [tawr-nil-ohz, -nee-ohz; Spanish tawr-nee-lyaws, -nee-yaws] /tɔrˈnɪl oʊz, -ˈni oʊz; Spanish tɔrˈni lyɔs, -ˈni yɔs/.
  1. screw bean.
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Origin of tornillo

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish: screw, clamp, equivalent to torn(o) lathe, gyration (< Latin tornus lathe < Greek tórnos) + -illo diminutive suffix (< Latin -illum)
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Historical Examples of tornillo

  • Screwbean (Prosopis odorata) is known also as screwpod mesquite, and tornillo.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson