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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of west-central Germany in the Ruhr district east-northeast of Essen. It is an industrial center in a mining area. Population: 170,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Herne the Hunter, an English mythological figure.
  • proper n. A city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A corner.

Etymologies

Of unknown origin. Suggested by R. Lowe Thompson to derive from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (“horn”), which would mean it is related to English horn. Others have suggested that it comes from Old English Herian, literally "warrior-leader", which is a name for Woden. Another theory is that it derives from the surname Horne. (Wiktionary)
From German. (Wiktionary)

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