[tawr-ee-ee, tohr-]
noun, plural torii.
(in Japan) a form of decorative gateway or portal, consisting of two upright wooden posts connected at the top by two horizontal crosspieces, commonly found at the entrance to Shinto temples.

1720–30; < Japanese, equivalent to tori bird + (w)i perch Unabridged
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torii (ˈtɔːrɪˌiː)
n , pl -rii
a gateway, esp one at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto temple
[C19: from Japanese, literally: a perch for birds]

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Torii and tokugawa both agreed that the castle was indefensible.
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