broch

broch

[Scot. brokh, bruhkh]
noun
a circular stone tower built around the beginning of the Christian era, having an inner and an outer wall, found on the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, the Hebrides, and the mainland of Scotland.

Origin:
1645–55; Scots, metathetic variant of burgh

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broch (brɒk, brɒx)
 
n
(in Scotland) a circular dry-stone tower large enough to serve as a fortified home; they date from the Iron Age and are found esp in the north and the islands
 
[C17: from Old Norse borg; related to Old English burh settlement, burgh]

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broch
prehistoric stone tower of the Scottish Highland and isles, 1650s, from Scot. broch, from O.N. borg "castle," cognate of O.E. burh (see borough).
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