One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The members of this guard shall wear on their helms torses of green, blue, red.’
- ‘In older illustrations of Penang's full coat of arms, the torse under the tree is of the 6 twist variety.’
- ‘These torses are seldom ‘classical’ ones, more often than not they could be described as ‘hidden torses’.’
Late 16th century: from obsolete French, from Latin torta, feminine past participle of torquere ‘twist’.
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