torrid

[ tawr-id, tor- ]
/ ˈtɔr ɪd, ˈtɒr- /

adjective

subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.
oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.

Origin of torrid

1580–90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for torrid

torrid

/ (ˈtɒrɪd) /

adjective

so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
arid or parched
highly charged emotionallya torrid love scene

Derived Forms

torridity or torridness, nountorridly, adverb

Word Origin for torrid

C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch
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Science definitions for torrid

torrid

[ tôrĭd ]

Parched with the heat of the sun.

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