Definition of barranca in English:

barranca

(also barranco)

noun

US
  • A narrow, winding river gorge.

    • ‘He leaned a little further and dropped from the wide stone ledge, floating over the rugged barranca, following the scent of a woman.’
    • ‘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).’
    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/