broch

[ Scot. brokh, bruhkh ]
/ Scot. brɒx, brʌx /

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 of broch

1645–55; Scots, metathetic variant of burgh
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broch
/ (brɒk, brɒx) /

noun

(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

Word Origin for broch

C17: from Old Norse borg; related to Old English burh settlement, burgh
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