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[tem-bler, -blawr; Spanish tem-blawr] /ˈtɛm blər, -blɔr; Spanish tɛmˈblɔr/
noun, plural temblors Spanish, temblores
[tem-blaw-res] /tɛmˈblɔ rɛs/ (Show IPA)
a tremor; earthquake.
Origin of temblor
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 Unabridged
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/ˈtɛmblə; -blɔː/
noun (pl) temblors, temblores (tɛmˈblɔːreɪz)
(mainly US) an earthquake or earth tremor
Word Origin
C19: American Spanish, from Spanish temblar to shake, tremble
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Word Origin and History for temblor

earthquake, 1876, from American Spanish temblor "earthquake," from Spanish temblor, literally "a trembling," from temblar "to tremble," from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (see tremble).

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