tor·sade (tôr-säd, -sād)
1. A decorative trimming of twisted ribbon or cord, used especially on hats.
2. An item of jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet, consisting of multiple, often beaded strands twisted loosely together in a ropelike form.
[French, from tors, from Vulgar Latin *torsus, alteration of Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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