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broch

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

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Also Obsolete, brough .

Origin of broch

First recorded in 1645–55; Scots, metathetic variant of burgh
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British Dictionary definitions for broch

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