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[tawr-nil-oh, -nee-oh; Spanish tawr-nee-lyaw, -nee-yaw] /tɔrˈnɪl oʊ, -ˈni oʊ; Spanish tɔrˈni lyɔ, -ˈni yɔ/
noun, plural tornillos
[tawr-nil-ohz, -nee-ohz; Spanish tawr-nee-lyaws, -nee-yaws] /tɔrˈnɪl oʊz, -ˈni oʊz; Spanish tɔrˈni lyɔs, -ˈni yɔs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of tornillo
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish: screw, clamp, equivalent to torn(o) lathe, gyration (< Latin tornus lathe < Greek tórnos) + -illo diminutive suffix (< Latin -illum) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Screwbean (Prosopis odorata) is known also as screwpod mesquite, and tornillo.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson

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