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  • n. A small loch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small lake; a pond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small loch; a pond.


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From Scottish Gaelic lochan, diminutive of loch.


  • Sunny though it was, Sig Other was not moved to replicate this iconic scene, but in a romantic gesture soon after we first met, he took me to see 'Pemberley' in December when the frost glinted on the lawns and the little lochan what's the English version of lochan? was iced over at the edges.

    Picnic at Pemberley

  • I've been hillwalking in the North-West Highlands of Scotland, a breathtakingly beautiful landscape of mountain, lochan-jewelled moorland and coastline and on a fine day in spring as close to heaven as I ever hope to find on this earth.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Who of that fierce company brought the trooper to his end we never knew, but when M'Iver and I got down to the level he was dead as knives could make him, and his horse, more mad than ever, was disappearing over a mossy moor with a sky-blue lochan in the midst of it.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • I lunched off the sandwiches the Broadburys had given me, and in the bright afternoon made my way down the hill, crossed at the foot of a small fresh-water lochan, and pursued the issuing stream through midge-infested woods of hazels to its junction with the sea.

    Mr. Standfast

  • If the child coughs it is given _bans-lochan_, which is said to be some kind of silicate found in bamboos.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV Kumhar-Yemkala

  • A lochan nestles in the centre of the wood surrounded by majestic conifers and rugged mountains.

    The Guardian World News

  • Undemanding forest trail walks around an amazingly serene lochan, which provides spectacular reflections of the surrounding woodland.

    The Guardian World News

  • But ahead of me there was yet another lochan, one that seemed so idyllic, couched in the cusp of the hill fed by a small river that then left it to proceed further to another glen and another loch.

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  • Blown tenderly from the frail heart of a reed, "and as the evening light comes down on silent places and the trembling shadows fall on the water, we can hear her mournful whisper through the swaying reeds, brown and silvery-golden, that grow by lonely lochan and lake and river.

    A Book of Myths

  • I may have made verse on the experience, -- I'll not say yea or nay to that, -- but I never gave a lochan credit for washing the bulged sides of the world. "

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn


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  • The road undulated in slanting sunlight over a great boggy moor with small irregular lochans in the folds of it.

    - Alasdair Gray, Lanark, ch. 18

    January 19, 2009