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From tortilis, from the participle stem of torqueo.




  1. Twisted, winding, contorted.
    • 1658: He that would behold a very anomalous motion, may observe it in the Tortile and tiring stroakes of Gnat-worms. — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 196)
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