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tornillo

[ tawr-nil-oh, -nee-oh; Spanish tawr-nee-lyaw, -nee-yaw ]
/ tɔrˈnɪl oʊ, -ˈni oʊ; Spanish tɔrˈni lyɔ, -ˈni yɔ /
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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/.

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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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How to use tornillo in a sentence

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

    American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
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