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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Definitions for tarn

  1. a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque.

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Citations for tarn
There is a little lake not far over the saddle, a tarn really, a mountain pond bordered in marsh marigold and yarrow, with water black and glassy as obsidian. Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire, 1968
At the sides of many a tarn and lake you may see the ice grooves and scratches passing beneath the water, so as to leave no doubt whatever that ice has once occupied the rocky hollow. Rev. J. Clifton Ward, "The Origin of Upland Lakes," The Popular Science Monthly, April 1879
Origin of tarn
Tarn comes from Old Norse tjǫrn, “small lake, pool.” It was originally restricted to northern English dialects (where the Danes settled) or in written works about northern England. Tarn became mainstream English in the works of the Lake Poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey) in the early 19th century.