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tarn

tarn (TAHRN) - n., a small mountain lake, especially one formed in a cirque by glaciation.


The basic mechanism is that a glacier coming off a mountain digs down into the ground before sliding downhill, leaving a sill (or sometimes a moraine) that dams up the lake. The word dates to Middle English in northern dialects, from Old Norse tjǫrn, lake without tribularies, from Germanic roots -- it entered mainstream English through the Lake Poets.

A tarn in Bulgaria
Thanks, WikiMedia!


And yes, this week has been something of a theme week of short words. Most, but not all, were four letters long so I didn't make it an official theme week. Next week will have an official theme, though.

ETA: Also, yes, smew.

---L.
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