What is a tarn?

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A tarn is a type of small mountain lake that was formed by the melting of glaciers. They are commonly found near a cirque, or a natural basin present within a circle of tall, steep mountains.

The word tarn comes from the Middle English "terne," that was taken from the Old Norse "tjorn," meaning pond or pool. In the modern Norwegian language, the equivalent word is "tjern." The word came into the English language between the 13th and 14th centuries. This type of lake is common in mountainous regions of Norway and Northern England, and the word can be found in poetry written by English writers such as William Wordsworth, who wrote about the Lake District in England.

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tarn
[tahrn]
NOUN
1.
a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque.
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