- a plural of torso.
- the trunk of the human body.
- a sculptured form representing the trunk of a nude female or male figure.
- something mutilated or incomplete.
Origin of torso
1715–25; < Italian: stalk, trunk of statue < Latin thyrsus < Greek thýrsos wand, stem
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Related Words for torsipiece, figure, effigy, image, bust, likeness, statuary, sculpture, marble, bronze, icon, statuette, stalk, stem, torso, frame, carcass, thing, shape, object
- rare a plural of torso
- the trunk of the human body
- a statue of a nude human trunk, esp without the head or limbs
- something regarded as incomplete or truncated
Word Origin for torso
C18: from Italian: stalk, stump, from Latin: thyrsus
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1797, from Italian torso "trunk of a statue," originally "stalk, stump," from Vulgar Latin *tursus, from Latin thyrsus "stalk, stem," from Greek thyrsos (see thyrsus).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A plural oftorso
- The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk.
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