toran

noun to·ran \ ˈtōrən \
variants: or torana \-nə\

Definition of toran

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of toran

Sanskrit toraṇa


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