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torrid (adj.)

1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from Medieval Latin torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry." Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s. Figurative sense from 1630s.

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Definitions of torrid from WordNet

torrid (adj.)
characterized by intense emotion;
a torrid love affair
torrid (adj.)
emotionally charged and vigorously energetic;
torrid jazz bands
hot trumpets and torrid rhythms
a torrid dance
torrid (adj.)
extremely hot and dry;
the torrid heat of the noonday sun
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