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Tara

(târ`ə), village, Co. Meath, E Republic of Ireland. The Hill of Tara (507 ft/155 m high) was the seat of the high kings of Ireland from ancient times until the 6th cent. and may have been the site of religious ceremonies in prehistoric times. A statue of St. Patrick, who preached there, is supposed to mark the location of the Lia Fail, the Coronation Stone of the ancient high kings (see under coronationcoronation,
ceremony of crowning and anointing a sovereign on his or her accession to the throne. Although a public ceremony inaugurating a new king or chief had long existed, a new religious service was added when Europe became Christianized.
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). There are six raths (earthwork enclosures), the largest of which is 850 ft (259 m) in diameter. The hill was the scene of the defeat of the Danes in 980 and, some believe, the Irish insurgents in 1798, and of a mass meeting in 1843 addressed by Daniel O'Connell; hence its importance as a symbol of Irish nationalism.

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a city under oblast jurisdiction and administrative center of Tara Raion, Omsk Oblast, RSFSR. Landing on the left bank of the Irtysh River 410 km below Omsk. Population, 24,000 (1974). Tara manufactures components for agricultural machinery, as well as winnowing machines, wagon-and-cart accessories and other products. It has meat and dairy combines, a flour mill, a fish-processing plant, a brewery, and a brickyard. It also has a footwear factory and a clothing factory. Tara was founded in 1594.


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a river in Novosibirsk and Omsk oblasts, RSFSR; a right tributary of the Irtysh River of the Ob’ River basin. The Tara is 806 km long and drains an area of 18,300 sq km. It rises on the Vasiugan’e Plain and meanders through a gently sloping valley. The river is fed mainly by snow. High water occurs from April through June. The mean flow rate 108 km from the mouth is 40.8 cu m per sec. The Tara freezes in late October or November and opens up in late April or early May. In harsh winters the river bars freeze down to the bottom. The river is navigable as far as the village of Kyshtovka, a total distance of 350 km; during high water it is navigable even farther.

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plantation home of Scarlett O’Hara. [Am. Lit.: Margaret Mitchell Gone With The Wind]

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a village in Co. Meath near Dublin, by the Hill of Tara, the historic seat of the ancient Irish kings