temblor

[tem-bler, -blawr; Spanish tem-blawr]
noun, plural temblors Spanish, temblores [tem-blaw-res] .
a tremor; earthquake.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, a quaking, equivalent to tembl(ar) to quake (perhaps ≪ Latin timēre to fear and Late Latin tremulāre to quake; see tremble) + -or -or1

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temblor (ˈtɛmblə, -blɔː)
 
n , pl temblors, temblores
chiefly (US) an earthquake or earth tremor
 
[C19: American Spanish, from Spanish temblar to shake, tremble]

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temblor
earthquake, 1876, from Amer.Sp. temblor "earthquake," from Sp. temblor, lit. "a trembling," from temblar "to tremble," from V.L. *tremulare (see tremble).
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Example sentences
Some-times, though, a temblor relieves stress on one part of the fault but increases it farther down the line.
The temblor generated tsunamis that slammed many coastal towns, killing hundreds.
They'd be unlikely to stand up to a significant temblor.
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