tor·​nil·​lo | \ tȯr-ˈnē-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce tornillo (audio) , -ˈni-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce tornillo (audio) \
plural tornillos

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The team — from Boise State University, Stanford, and the Instituto Geofísico of the Escuela Politécnica Nacional — suspect that these tornillos might be kicked off by small explosions or toots of gas at the bottom of the volcano. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why this volcano in Ecuador sounds like it’s breathing," 13 June 2018 These new sounds create a waveform that twists to a point like a screw — so the researchers called them tornillos, Spanish for screw. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why this volcano in Ecuador sounds like it’s breathing," 13 June 2018 Some other volcano news from this week’s GVP report: Colombia: The tornillos recorded at Galeras last week that prompted an elevation of the threat level to Orange, suggesting that an eruption was coming soon, stopped on January 30 with no eruption. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "Kirishima and Sakurajima seen from space (and more!)," 3 Feb. 2011

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First Known Use of tornillo

circa 1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tornillo

Spanish, literally, small lathe, screw, diminutive of torno lathe, from Latin tornus — more at turn

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