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tarn

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noun \ˈtärn\

Simple Definition of tarn

  • : a small lake among mountains

Full Definition of tarn

  1. :  a small steep-banked mountain lake or pool

Origin of tarn

Middle English terne, tarne, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tjǫrn small lake


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with tarn


Tarn

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geographical name \ˈtärn\

Definition of Tarn

  1. river 233 miles (375 kilometers) S France flowing W into the Garonne




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