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Topic: Tonsoidal Torus?
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Andrew Hume

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Tonsoidal torus
Posted: Apr 5, 1994 10:38 PM
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while i agree with john conway that tonsoidal torus is
likely a misprint of some kind, the OED does suggest some sort of
meaning. (don't mind if some of the text below prints funny on
your system; our system uses a different character set.)

the first idea is the verb tons, which is derived from the
verb to shear or clip; it can mean either cut hair, or dress up
(1828 Craven Gloss., Tonse, to dress, to deck, to trim. Tonsed,
dressed up. `Thou's finely tonsed this morning.)

the second idea is tonsil, which has the normal meaning
(gland in the throat) but can also mean any two lobed structure, e.g.
2. Each of the two lobes of the cerebellum; also called amygdala.
1891 in Cent. Dict. 1899 in Syd. Soc. Lex.

the third idea is tonsile: That may be clipped or shorn.
1664 Evelyn Sylva (1776) 321 The Shrub [Juniper] is tonsile
and may be shorn into any form. 1707 Mortimer Husb. (1721) II.
366 In mild Weather, clip Phillyrea and other tonsil Shrubs.
1791 Gilpin Forest Scenery i. 93 The yew is of all other trees
the most tonsile. 1847–78 Halliwell, Tonsile-hedge, a hedge cut
neat and smooth. North.

finally, tonsure, while normally meaning the clipping
or shaving of teh head, can also refer to clipping a coin
or hedge: The clipping

(a) of coin;

(b) of shrubs or hedges. Obs. rare.
1621 Bolton Stat. Irel. 12 (Act 25 Hen. VI) Ireland is greatly
impoverished..by the..carriage..into England of the silver plate,
broken silver Bullion and wedges of silver made of the great
Tonsure of the money. 1691 in Archæologia (1796) XII. 185 His
yew hedges with trees of the same..kept in pretty shapes with
tonsure. Ibid. 186 A fair gravel walk betwixt two yew hedges
with rounds and spires of the same, all under smooth tonsure.


well, what this all means is beyond me, but my guess
is that tonsoidal torus refers to a torus that has been trimmed
down from a doughnot shape, and if the word was chosen really carefully,
it was trimmed down to a twin-lobed shape.

this is my theory, and it belongs to me.

andrew hume






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