tarn

noun
\ˈtärn \

Definition of tarn 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a small steep-banked mountain lake or pool

Tarn

geographical name
\ˈtärn \

Definition of Tarn (Entry 2 of 2)

river 233 miles (375 kilometers) long in southern France flowing west into the Garonne River

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Follow the winding trail toward the base of O'Malley Peak to a striking, dark tarn called Deep Lake. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 In 1951, some 885 square miles of Cumbrian hills and tarns (mountain pools) were designated as a national park, Britain’s largest and, with 18 million annual visitors, its most popular. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tarn

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarn

Noun

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

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tarn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tarn

: a small lake among mountains

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