torrid (adj.) 1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from L. torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s.

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  • torrid — tor|rid [ˈtɔrıd US ˈto: , ˈta: ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: torridus, from torrere to dry with heat, burn ] 1.) involving strong emotions, especially of sexual love ▪ a torrid love affair 2.) literary torrid weather is very hot ▪ the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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