One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long, narrow inlet formed by the partial submergence of a river valley.
hollow, depression, dent, dint, cavity, concavity, dip, pit, trough, craterView synonyms
- ‘Due to their nature, the rias or estuaries contain very peculiar ecosystems which often contain important amounts of fish.’
- ‘Everyone in the busy tapas bar I ventured into was tucking into heaped platefuls of pulpo, Galicia's ‘national’ dish, scallops and tasty, but tough-to-open percebes, unique to the rias.’
- ‘The fishermen offered to use their own boats to string plastic barriers across the mouths of the rias.’
- ‘The beaches that lie in some of the more protected rias have a warmer sea than those which are exposed, although water temperatures in Galicia never reach the heights found in the south of Spain.’
Late 19th century: from Spanish ría ‘estuary’.
2Royal Irish Academy.
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