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  1. a city in E Brazil.
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  1. linn.
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  1. Maya Ying [mah-yuh ying] /ˈmɑ yə ˈyɪŋ/, born 1959, U.S. architect and sculptor.
  2. a female given name, form of Caroline or Carolyn.
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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a waterfall or torrent of rushing water in a river or stream.
  2. a pool of water, especially at the foot of a waterfall.
  3. a steep ravine or precipice.
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Origin of linn

before 1000; conflation of Old English hlynn torrent (not recorded in ME), and Scots Gaelic linne, cognate with Irish linn, Welsh llyn
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Historical Examples of lins

  • These proverbs have always old words in them; lins is leave off.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • There was then a call for Chih-cheng, upon which a young waiting-maid came forward and stood quite close to Mr. Lins head.

  • Immediately a boat rose from the lake, and Lins wife, stepping into it, vanished from sight like a bird on the wing.

British Dictionary definitions for lins


noun mainly Scot
  1. a waterfall or a pool at the foot of it
  2. a ravine or precipice
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Word Origin for linn

C16: probably from a confusion of two words, Scottish Gaelic linne pool and Old English hlynn torrent
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