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[tawr] /tɔr/
noun
1.
a rocky pinnacle; a peak of a bare or rocky mountain or hill.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English torr < Celtic; compare Irish tor rocky height, Welsh twr heap, pile
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British Dictionary definitions for tors

tor

/tɔː/
noun
1.
a high hill, esp a bare rocky one
2.
(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 tors
tor
"high, rocky hill," O.E. torr "tower, rock." Obviously cognate with Gael. torr "lofty hill, mound," O.Welsh twrr "heap, pile;" and probably ult. from L. turris "high structure" see tower). But sources disagree on whether the Celts borrowed it from the Anglo-Saxons or the other way round.
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TOR

Toronto Blue Jays
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Encyclopedia Article for tors

tor

exposed rock mass of jointed and broken blocks. Tors are seldom more than 15 metres (50 feet) high and often occur as residues at the summits of inselbergs and at the highest points of pediments. Tors usually overlie unaltered bedrock and are thought to be formed either by freeze-thaw weathering or by groundwater weathering before exposure. There is often evidence of spheroidal weathering of the squared joint blocks

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