One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deep gorge, typically one with a river flowing through it.
ravine, gorge, gully, pass, defile, couloirView synonyms
- ‘The coastline is varied, dramatic and rugged, cut with caves, gullies, canyons and sheer cliffs.’
- ‘Before long, more prospectors arrived and followed the gold trail up the canyons to the west of the river.’
- ‘The canyon opened into vast boulder fields, where the river sometimes disappeared in the distance.’
- ‘We're utilizing the helicopters in some of the rough area to get into those deep, steep canyons.’
- ‘The book was an argument for preventing further dams in the Colorado River canyons.’
- ‘While on the subject of canyons, there are some really spectacular underwater canyons off Great Dog Island to the west of Tortola.’
- ‘It's a hard battle though because when you're at the bottom of a vast canyon looking up, it seems a hell of a climb to the top.’
- ‘Outlanders often refuse to believe that Texas even has canyons or mountains, but this range is no mirage.’
- ‘The trip in March 2005 includes five days and nights in the Sierra del Escambray mountains and treks through limestone canyons.’
- ‘The trip passes by waterfalls, forests, canyons, valleys, sinkholes and caves.’
- ‘Oak woodland develops best in moist, protected canyons and valleys with deep alluvial soils.’
- ‘Crops were withering, cattle were dying, and the river that once sculpted canyons was a trickle.’
- ‘She could barely see the outline of a river winding lazily through the canyon.’
- ‘Three fascinating cultures converge in the red rock canyons of Mesa Verde.’
- ‘Camping and fishing are available down in the Pecos River canyon or you can hike up on the mesa.’
- ‘The photography group go south again for the day, sheltered from the westerly wind to dive a maze of deep, narrow canyons.’
- ‘Towering bridges crossed creeks, ravines and canyons, while down below huge waves swept across rocks and deserted beaches.’
- ‘There is no place as mysterious or haunting as the canyons and valleys of the American Southwest.’
- ‘We've all seen earlier images of the Mars surface, which showed valleys and canyons.’
- ‘The helicopter then descended into the bottom of the canyon and landed on one side of the Colorado River.’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish cañón ‘tube’, based on Latin canna ‘reed, cane’.
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