Definition of grike in English:


(also gryke)


  • A fissure separating blocks or clints in a limestone pavement.

    • ‘Bryophyte and other vegetation mats close over deep grikes but will not support human weight.’
    • ‘Karstification can form an extensive network of grykes, underground caves and passageways.’
    • ‘Overground there are ring forts and burial monuments, round towers and high crosses and always the flat limestone slabs with cracks, or grikes.’
    • ‘Over time the grikes will continue to get deeper and wider.’
    • ‘The grykes are rich in plant life including wood sorrel, wood garlic, and anemone.’
    opening, crevice, crack, cleft, cranny, chink, slit, groove, gap, hole, breach, aperture, vent, interstice
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Late 18th century (originally northern English dialect): of unknown origin.