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temblor (TEM-bluhr) noun

An earthquake.

[From Spanish temblor (trembling), from temblar (to tremble), from Vulgar Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus (tremulous), from tremere (to tremble).]

"The temblor measured 3 on the 7-point Japanese intensity scale in Naruse, and 2 and 1 in other parts of Miyagi prefecture."
Moderate Quake Jolts Miyagi Pref.; Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo, Japan); Feb 5, 2005.

"Powerful temblors rocked the city for more than 10 minutes afterwards."
Survivors Adrift on Mounds of Debris; The Borneo Bulletin (Brunei); Feb 1, 2005.

See more usage examples of temblor in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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