[tem-bler, -blawr; Spanish tem-blawr]
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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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noun plural temblors or temblores (tɛmˈblɔːreɪz)
  1. mainly US an earthquake or earth tremor

Word Origin for temblor

C19: American Spanish, from Spanish temblar to shake, tremble
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Word Origin and History for temblor

earthquake, 1876, from American Spanish temblor "earthquake," from Spanish temblor, literally "a trembling," from temblar "to tremble," from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (see tremble).

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