One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hollow or basin in a karstic region, typically funnel-shaped.
- ‘Just to make sure there was not a way on at the other end of the last entrance doline, they thrashed through the leech infested jungle, but found nothing.’
- ‘Such openings are spaced some distance apart in most limestones and these are the features that may become selectively enlarged into characteristic karstic landforms such as dolines, caves, swallow-holes, and gorges.’
- ‘The entrance was a spectacular doline 150m across and 100m deep where a devious route down lunged from tree to tree with only the occasional bamboo ladder or dodgy hand line for assistance.’
Late 19th century: via German from Slovene dolina ‘valley’.
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