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noun Heraldry.
  1. a wreath of twisted silks of two alternating tinctures, usually a metal and a color, depicted supporting a crest or coronet, often upon a helmet.
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Origin of torse

1565–75; < Middle French: wreath, noun use of feminine of tors twisted < Late Latin torsus (past participle), for Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist
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Historical Examples

  • "Torse I will;" and he was proudly carried off by his faithful bearer.

    Little Men

    Louisa May Alcott

  • The peculiarity in this case consisted of a torse of three tinctures.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • Crest: a soldan's head sable, the brow encircled by a torse or.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • On a helmet and torse, issuing out of a cloud argent, a sinister arm proper, holding a salt as the former.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

  • The crest, a sinister arm in armour, grasping a broken lance, on a torse of the colours.