torques

[ tawr-kweez ]
/ ˈtɔr kwiz /

noun Zoology.

a ringlike band or formation about the neck, as of feathers, hair, or integument of distinctive color or appearance; a collar.

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Origin of torques

1560–70; <Latin torquēs twisted necklace or collar, equivalent to torqu(ēre) to twist (akin to Greek trépein to turn) + -ēs feminine deverbative noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for torques

torques
/ (ˈtɔːkwiːz) /

noun

a distinctive band of hair, feathers, skin, or colour around the neck of an animal; a collar

Derived forms of torques

torquate (ˈtɔːkwɪt, -kweɪt), adjective

Word Origin for torques

C17: from Latin: necklace, from torquēre to twist
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