tarn

tarn

[tahrn]

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English terne < Old Norse tjǫrn pond, pool

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Tarn

[tarn]
noun
a department in S France. 2232 sq. mi. (5780 sq. km). Capital: Albi.
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tarn (tɑːn)
 
n
a small mountain lake or pool
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse tjörn pool]

Tarn (French tarn)
 
n
1.  a department of S France, in Midi-Pyrénées region. Capital: Albi. Pop: 350 477 (2003 est). Area: 5780 sq km (2254 sq miles)
2.  a river in SW France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing generally west to the Garonne River. Length: 375 km (233 miles)

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tarn
1256, from O.N. tjorn "small mountain lake without tributaries," from P.Gmc. *terno, perhaps originally "water hole." A dialectal word popularized by the Lake poets.
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tarn   (tärn)  Pronunciation Key 
A small mountain lake, especially one formed as a glacier melts, filling a cirque with water.
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