- a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque.
Origin of tarn
1300–50; Middle English terne < Old Norse tjǫrn pond, pool
- a department in S France. 2232 sq. mi. (5780 sq. km). Capital: Albi.
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Examples from the Web for tarn
St. nimie is not once mentioned, and nothing is said about the gorges of the Tarn.
The Causse Noir from the Tarn is a sight not soon forgotten.
They are as safe in their tarn as those enchanted fish of the “Arabian Nights.”
One evening in August, a warm, still evening, I happened to visit the tarn.
They walked quietly on till the tarn was left some way behind.Feats on the Fiord
- a small mountain lake or pool
C14: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse tjörn pool
- a department of S France, in Midi-Pyrénées region. Capital: Albi. Pop: 350 477 (2003 est). Area: 5780 sq km (2254 sq miles)
- a river in SW France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing generally west to the Garonne River. Length: 375 km (233 miles)
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Word Origin and History for tarn
mid-13c., from Old Norse tjorn "small mountain lake without tributaries," from Proto-Germanic *terno, perhaps originally "water hole." A dialectal word popularized by the Lake poets.
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- A small mountain lake, especially one formed as a glacier melts, filling a cirque with water.
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