[tawr-ohs, tohr-, taw-rohs, toh-]


Botany. cylindrical, with swellings or constrictions at intervals; knobbed.
Zoology. bulging.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for torous


torous (ˈtɔːrəs)


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

Word Origin for torose

C18: from Latin torōsus muscular, from torus a swelling
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