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 torridity

torrid

/ (ˈtɒrɪd) /

adjective

so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
arid or parched
highly charged emotionallya torrid love scene
Derived Formstorridity or torridness, nountorridly, adverb

Word Origin for torrid

C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch
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Word Origin and History for torridity

torrid


adj.

1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from Latin torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (see terrain). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s.

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Science definitions for torridity

torrid

[ tôrĭd ]

Parched with the heat of the sun.
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