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Origin of tortile

1650–60; < Latin tortilis, equivalent to tort(us) twisted (see tort) + -ilis -ile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of tortile

  • He that would behold a very anomalous motion, may observe it in the Tortile and tiring stroaks of Gnatworms.

British Dictionary definitions for tortile


  1. rare twisted or coiled
Derived Formstortility (tɔːˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for tortile

C17: from Latin tortilis winding, from tortus twisted, from torquēre to twist
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