to·​ran | \ ˈtōrən \
variants: or torana \ -​nə \
plural -s

Definition of toran

1 : a gateway commonly of wood but sometimes of stone consisting of two upright pillars carrying one to three transverse lintels that is often minutely carved with symbolic sculpture and serves as a monumental approach to a Buddhist temple in India
2 : a temporary arch or festoon erected in honor of a visiting dignitary in India — compare pai-lou, torii

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History and Etymology for toran

Sanskrit toraṇa

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“Toran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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