Definition of turlough in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərˌlôKH/


(In Ireland) a low-lying area on limestone that becomes flooded in wet weather through the welling up of groundwater.
Example sentences
  • I would share their concern that the Council have allowed so much waste water into a turlough area that has no adequate river draining out of it.
  • Four friends decided to go to a field with a turlough which had flooded and was frozen over to go ice skating.


Late 17th century: from Irish turloch, from tur 'dry' + loch 'lake'.

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Syllabification: tur·lough

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