There are 2 main definitions of tarn in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɑːn


A small mountain lake: [in place names]: Malham Tarn
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  • Walkers to the Lake District often concentrate on conquering the most challenging peaks and fells, forgetting about the region's 16 lakes and 400 tranquil tarns, streams and waterfalls.
  • Below your feet a rosary of mountain tarns drop down towards Rhichonich and beyond them Cambrian quartzite slopes rise to the long ridge of what is probably the finest mountain in this empty quarter of Sutherland - Foinaven.
  • In Cumbria we have a total of between 20 and 22 lakes and tarns.


Middle English (originally northern English dialect): from Old Norse tjǫrn.

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There are 2 main definitions of tarn in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɑːn
, taʀn/
A river of southern France, which rises in the Cévennes and flows 380 km (235 miles) generally south-westwards through deep gorges before meeting the Garonne north-west of Toulouse.

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