- (Northern English dialect) A small mountain lake, especially in Northern England.
Etymology: From (term, tjrn, , a small mountain lake without tributaries, lang=non).
- 1839, w:Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, w:The Fall of the House of Usher, The Fall of the House of Usher, w:Project Gutenberg, Project Gutenberg (1997), http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/usher10h.htm 1,
- : It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression; and, acting upon this idea, I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling, and gazed down"but with a shudder even more thrilling than before"upon the remodelled and inverted images of the gray sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows.
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