torous

torose

[tawr-ohs, tohr-, taw-rohs, toh-]
adjective
1.
Botany. cylindrical, with swellings or constrictions at intervals; knobbed.
2.
Zoology, bulging.
Also, torous [tohr-uhs, tawr-] .


Origin:
1750–60; < Latin torōsus bulging, full of muscle, equivalent to tor(us) bulge + -ōsus -ose1

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torose or torous (ˈtɔːrəʊz, tɔːˈrəʊz, ˈtɔːrəs)
 
adj
biology (of a cylindrical part) having irregular swellings; knotted
 
[C18: from Latin torōsus muscular, from torus a swelling]
 
torous or torous
 
adj
 
[C18: from Latin torōsus muscular, from torus a swelling]
 
torosity or torous
 
n

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