Definition of barranca in English:


Syllabification: bar·ran·ca
Pronunciation: /bəˈräNGkə
(also barranco /-kō/)

noun (plural barrancas also barrancos)

chiefly US
  • A narrow, winding river gorge.
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    • The oldest subaerial volcanic materials crop out at the bottom of the main valleys (barrancos Valle Gran Rey, Erque, Benchijigua and La Villa).
    • He leaned a little further and dropped from the wide stone ledge, floating over the rugged barranca, following the scent of a woman.
    • The lava flow sequences exposed along the main barrancos do not display any gaps in the volcanic activity.


late 17th century: from Spanish.

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