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[tawr] /tɔr/
a rocky pinnacle; a peak of a bare or rocky mountain or hill.
Origin of tor
before 900; Middle English; Old English torr < Celtic; compare Irish tor rocky height, Welsh twr heap, pile


a suffix found in loanwords from Latin, forming personal agent nouns from verbs and, less commonly, from nouns:
dictator; genitor; janitor; orator; victor.
< Latin -tor (stem -tōr-), cognate with Greek -tōr (stem -tor-), Sanskrit -tar- Unabridged
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  • The rule adopted by the Oblates of tor di Specchi remains the same to this day.

  • “You can go in here until I have done with tor di Rocca,” he said.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • I am loath, said Sir tor, of that gift I have given you; let him make amends in that he hath trespassed unto you.

  • I wished to go in that direction and to search the tor, but it was some distance away.

  • The next day he was drawn on a hurdle to the tor, and there hanged, and his head fixed on the abbey gateway.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
British Dictionary definitions for tor


a high hill, esp a bare rocky one
(mainly Southwest English) a prominent rock or heap of rocks, esp on a hill
Word Origin
Old English torr, probably of Celtic origin; compare Scottish Gaelic torr pile, Welsh twr
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Word Origin and History for tor

"high, rocky hill," Old English torr "tower, rock." Obviously cognate with Gaelic torr "lofty hill, mound," Old Welsh twrr "heap, pile;" and probably ultimately from Latin turris "high structure" see tower (n.)). But sources disagree on whether the Celts borrowed it from the Anglo-Saxons or the other way round.

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Toronto Blue Jays
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