[ tawr-ohs, tohr-, taw-rohs, toh- ]
/ ˈtɔr oʊs, ˈtoʊr-, tɔˈroʊs, toʊ- /
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Botany. cylindrical, with swellings or constrictions at intervals; knobbed.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Also to·rous [tawr-uhs, tohr-]. /ˈtɔr əs, ˈtoʊr-/.
Origin of torose
1750–60; <Latin torōsus bulging, full of muscle, equivalent to tor(us) bulge + -ōsus-ose1
Words nearby torose
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Example sentences from the Web for torose
Torose, Torulose, knobby; where a cylindrical body is swollen at intervals.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
British Dictionary definitions for torose
/ (ˈtɔːrəʊz, tɔːˈrəʊz) /
biology (of a cylindrical part) having irregular swellings; knotted
Derived forms of torosetorosity (tɔːˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for torose
C18: from Latin torōsus muscular, from torus a swelling
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