\ ˈte(ə)rp \
plural terps\ -​ps \ or terpen\ ˈterpən \

Definition of terp

: a large artificial mound in the Netherlands (as in Friesland) providing a site or refuge for a prehistoric settlement in a seasonally flooded area

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History and Etymology for terp

Frisian, from Old Frisian, village; akin to Old English thorp village

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“Terp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terp. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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