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 (tôr-nĭl′ō, -nē′ō)
n. pl. tor·nil·los
2. A seismic signal associated with magma flow within a volcano and consisting of low frequency seismic waves that appear on a seismogram as a line resembling a screw seen from the side.

[Spanish, little lathe, screw, screw bean, diminutive of torno, lathe, from Latin tornus; see turn.]
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(tɔːˈniːjəʊ; tɔːˈnɪləʊ)
(Animals) a shrub which is found in Mexico and some south-western states of the US
Also called: screw bean
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screw′ bean`

1. a tree, Prosopis pubescens, of the legume family, native to the southwestern U.S., bearing twisted pods used as fodder.
2. the pod itself. Also called tornillo.
[1865–70, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tornillo - shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods
mesquit, mesquite - any of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large pods rich in sugar
screw bean - spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed
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