One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A deep ravine.
- ‘They settled in coulees and river valleys where permanent water and wild hay grew and could sustain them year-round.’
- ‘It has rolling hills, valleys, ravines and coulees, ideal for stalking.’
- ‘Once in the bog at the bottom of the coulee, one can see that the high grass is covered with grey silt.’
- ‘The badlands are significant due to the plethora of fossils and dinosaur bones that have been recovered in the slowly eroding hoodoos, narrow valleys and bone-dry coulees.’
- ‘I also do not expect the flood pathway stories to tell that the flood eroded, in several days, 50 cubic miles of basalt and silt that resulted in deep vertical-walled coulees with flat bottoms.’
2A lava flow.
- ‘The remaining magma as lava domes and coulees was extruded with some associated subplinian or vulcanian explosive activity.’
- ‘The late-stage lava coulees and domes are most evolved.’
- ‘The bulk of the T2 magma is represented by the lava domes and coulees, which are the most evolved.’
Early 19th century: from French coulée ‘(lava) flow’, from couler ‘to flow’, from Latin colare ‘to strain or flow’, from colum ‘strainer’.
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