See also: Canyon

EnglishEdit

 
Motlatse canyon in South Africa (1)

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Spanish cañón. Doublet of cannon.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: kănʹ-yən, IPA(key): /ˈkænjən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ænjən
  • Hyphenation: can‧yon

NounEdit

canyon (plural canyons)

  1. A valley, especially a long, narrow, steep valley, cut in rock by a river.
    • 1961 October, Voyageur, “The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway”, in Trains Illustrated, page 601:
      After we have crossed the Glenderamackin stream, which drains the northern slopes of Saddleback, and the latter has united with the St. John's Beck to form the Greta, however, we see ahead the miniature canyon the Greta has hollowed out for itself, and into the depth of which the train now descends.
    • 2012, John Branch, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Times[1]:
      Snow filled her mouth. She caromed off things she never saw, tumbling through a cluttered canyon like a steel marble falling through pins in a pachinko machine.
    Synonyms: gorge, dale, dalles, gulch, ravine, vale, valley; see also Thesaurus:valley

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EtymologyEdit

From Spanish cañón.

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canyon m (plural canyons)

  1. canyon

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