My thoughts would be to refer to a torus as being "torical", though I can't seem to find any use of that word anywhere. Is there a proper word for describing an object that has a similar shape to that of a torus?

For reference: a torus

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The word toroidal means "of, relating to, or shaped like a torus or toroid" according to Merriam-Webster. If you want to describe something's being doughnut shaped, that's your best bet.

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    Or you can always use "doughnut shaped".
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 19, 2017 at 22:22
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    Note that the identical definition is also given for toric in MW. Apr 19, 2017 at 22:23
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    Nah. Doughnuts are spheroid and filled with jam. Or, bizarrely, custard.
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 19, 2017 at 23:01
  • That would correspond to spheroidal and cylindroidal, not spherical and cylindrical.
    – Drew
    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:32
  • @AndrewLeach Those are bismarcks. Ask the fox.
    – tchrist
    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:22

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