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n. pl. tor·nil·los
1. See screwbean mesquite.
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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nAlso called: screw bean
(Animals) a shrub which is found in Mexico and some south-western states of the US
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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.
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|Noun||1.||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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