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torii

[tawr-ee-ee, tohr-] /ˈtɔr iˌi, ˈtoʊr-/
noun, plural torii.
1.
(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.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Japanese, equivalent to tori bird + (w)i perch
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  • torii and tokugawa both agreed that the castle was indefensible.
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torii

/ˈtɔːrɪˌiː/
noun (pl) -rii
1.
a gateway, esp one at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto temple
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese, literally: a perch for birds
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