Definition of barranca in English:

barranca

(also barranco)

noun

US
  • A narrow, winding river gorge.

    • ‘The lava flow sequences exposed along the main barrancos do not display any gaps in the volcanic activity.’
    • ‘Debris avalanche deposits along the Vallehermoso barranco suggest massive destruction of the north flanks of the volcano.’
    • ‘The oldest subaerial volcanic materials crop out at the bottom of the main valleys (barrancos Valle Gran Rey, Erque, Benchijigua and La Villa).’
    • ‘He leaned a little further and dropped from the wide stone ledge, floating over the rugged barranca, following the scent of a woman.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent
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Origin

Late 17th century: from Spanish.

Pronunciation:

barranca

/bəˈraŋkə/