[ tem-bler, -blawr; Spanish tem-blawr ]
/ ˈtɛm blər, -blɔr; Spanish tɛmˈblɔr /

noun, plural tem·blors, Spanish tem·blo·res [tem-blaw-res] /tɛmˈblɔ rɛs/.

a tremor; earthquake.

Origin of temblor

1895–1900, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, a quaking, equivalent to tembl(ar) to quake (perhaps ≪ Latin timēre to fear and Late Latin tremulāre to quake; see tremble) + -or -or1
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/ (ˈtɛmblə, -blɔː) /

noun plural temblors or temblores (tɛmˈblɔːreɪz)

mainly US an earthquake or earth tremor

Word Origin for temblor

C19: American Spanish, from Spanish temblar to shake, tremble
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