One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flat-floored depression in a karstic region, especially in Slovenia, with steep enclosing walls and a covering of alluvium.
- ‘The site is a karst depression, or polje, with a natural brook that vanishes into one big and several small ponors (swallow hole).’
- ‘The largest and most important among them is the large, fertile depression of Blatsko polje, which used to contain a periodic lake.’
Late 19th century: from Serbian and Croatian.
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