Definition of lochan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒk(ə)n/


A small loch.
Example sentences
  • The drive down was amazing - the road to Harris from here is pretty lunar in places but with the sun belting down all the lochs and lochans were a beautiful azure colour and framed with the glorious heather coloured hills it was brilliant.
  • Looking behind and also to the left, the landscape consists of a wild and complex mosaic of lochans, lochs and peaks, a rugged scene which typifies this most remote part of the Scottish mainland.
  • The landscape is covered with lochs and lochans - almost more water than land.


Late 17th century: from Scottish Gaelic, diminutive of loch.

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