a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque.
Other definitions for Tarn (2 of 2)
a department in S France. 2,232 sq. mi. (5,780 sq. km). Capital: Albi.
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How to use tarn in a sentence
Hundreds of tarns and lakes are visible along the plateau-like ridge which extends throughout the length of the island.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
High Alpine tarns are for the most part circular or straight-sided; seldom, like Lago d'Arno, long, serpentine sheets of water.Italian Alps | Douglas William Freshfield
There was no good a-leaving her to pine away on the beach, so he tarns to and puts her up to auction.My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 2 of 3 | William Clark Russell
I learn from a correspondent that certain Welsh tarns, which are reputed bottomless, have this inky hue.Hours of Exercise in the Alps | John Tyndall
Hast thou not seen thy father's woody sides reflected in the still mirror of his own tarns?A Syrup of the Bees | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for tarn (1 of 2)
a small mountain lake or pool
British Dictionary definitions for Tarn (2 of 2)
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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Scientific definitions for tarn
A small mountain lake, especially one formed as a glacier melts, filling a cirque with water.
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