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09:32 Apr 10, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Spanish term or phrase: Torno
The term appears in a 19th century record of the baptism of an abandoned baby and reads in part,"..yo, el infrascrito Presbítero Cura Ecónomo de la Iglesia parroquial Santa María, bauticé con solemnidad sub conditione a un niño a quien puse por nombre XX. Fue expuesto anoche en el Torno de la casa Santa de Misericordia..."

I found a definition in the "Pequeño Larousse Ilustrado 2000" which I think is the most appropriate, given the context of my document, "En conventos y monasterios, armario cilíndrico empotrado en el muro, que gira sobre un eje y permite introducir o extraer objetos sin ver el interior." I don't know if this is related to the term in the document. I would appreciate any help.
E. M. Call
English translation:this is correct
Explanation:
they are still in use in the "conventos de clausura" (enclosed convents)where the nuns aren't allowed to see or be seen by the public, and where they sell their home-made sweets and pastries using this device.Babies who were born out of wedlock were indeed abandoned there to be brought up on chistian charity by the nuns. It is a revolving drum inset into a wall where people on the outside of the convent can place something i.e. a baby (they are fairly big) and the nuns can then revolve the drum to receive the goods (as it were) inside without seeing the outsiders or being seen by them.
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mjnmc
Local time: 13:53
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Thank you for your explanation, it was very helpful. Thank you, Parrot, for your contribution. It was also helpful. I decided not to use "mill" because I am not convinced it conveys the idea of what a "torno" in a convent is. I am still looking for the English term and I will let you both know when I find it. emcall
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namill, milling cabinet
Parrot
nathis is correctmjnmc


  

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4 hrs
this is correct


Explanation:
they are still in use in the "conventos de clausura" (enclosed convents)where the nuns aren't allowed to see or be seen by the public, and where they sell their home-made sweets and pastries using this device.Babies who were born out of wedlock were indeed abandoned there to be brought up on chistian charity by the nuns. It is a revolving drum inset into a wall where people on the outside of the convent can place something i.e. a baby (they are fairly big) and the nuns can then revolve the drum to receive the goods (as it were) inside without seeing the outsiders or being seen by them.


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mjnmc
Local time: 13:53
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 108
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Thank you for your explanation, it was very helpful. Thank you, Parrot, for your contribution. It was also helpful. I decided not to use "mill" because I am not convinced it conveys the idea of what a "torno" in a convent is. I am still looking for the English term and I will let you both know when I find it. emcall

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Robert Jackson
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5 hrs
mill, milling cabinet


Explanation:
According to your descriptions, this would have the function of a mill. However, I recall a trip to Brazil in which a Spanish-speaking guide referred to this as the "rueda" (wheel) of the convent (unwanted babies were also left there).

Parrot
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