a gateway at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto shrine, consisting of two uprights supporting a curved beam, with a straight crosspiece below
Origin of toriiJapanese from tori, bird + i, nominal form of iru, to be, exist: birds offered to the gods were to perch on the crosspiece
The gateway of a Shinto shrine, consisting of a pair of posts supporting two horizontal crosspieces, the higher of which often is longer and has upturned ends.
Origin of toriiJapanese tori bird i- ( from iru to dwell )
torii of the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine on the island of Itsukushima