Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk.
  • noun A statue of the human body with the head and limbs omitted or removed.
  • noun A truncated or unfinished thing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In sculpture, the trunk of a statue, without, or considered independently of, the head and limbs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The human body, as distinguished from the head and limbs; in sculpture, the trunk of a statue, mutilated of head and limbs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The part of the (human) body from the neck to the groin, that is, the body excluding the head and limbs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, trunk of a statue, from Old Italian, stalk, stem, from Vulgar Latin *tursus, from Latin thyrsus, stalk; see thyrsus.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Italian torso, from Latin thyrsus, from Ancient Greek θύρσος (thúrsos, "Bacchic staff").

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