How does Tor resolve .onion Domains? Are there also some central DNS servers in the Tor network that store these records? Is there a chance that two hidden services generate the same domain name?

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It doesn't resolve them in the common sense - there is no DNS involved at all.

It looks up their introduction point on the hidden service directories - see Is it possible to look up the public key for a .onion-address?.

Then a rendezvous point is set up where the hidden service and the client meet - answers to How do onion addresses exactly work? have more details.

The hostname is just the (truncated) hash of the public key - it's highly unlikely that two services create the same hostname.

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