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[tawr-ohs, tohr-, taw-rohs, toh-]
  1. Botany. cylindrical, with swellings or constrictions at intervals; knobbed.
  2. Zoology. bulging.
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Also to·rous [tawr-uh s, tohr-] /ˈtɔr əs, ˈtoʊr-/.

Origin of torose

1750–60; < Latin torōsus bulging, full of muscle, equivalent to tor(us) bulge + -ōsus -ose1
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Historical Examples of torose

  • Torose, Torulose, knobby; where a cylindrical body is swollen at intervals.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for torose


torous (ˈtɔːrəs)

  1. biology (of a cylindrical part) having irregular swellings; knotted
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Derived Formstorosity (tɔːˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for torose

C18: from Latin torōsus muscular, from torus a swelling
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