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box canyon Syllabification: box can·yon

Definition of box canyon in English:


North American
A narrow canyon with a flat bottom and vertical walls.
Example sentences
  • Sealed off from the rest of the world by sheer mountain passes, Telluride is stuck so far up a narrow box canyon that in winter some parts of town never see the sun.
  • Or what about having your two main characters climb the seemingly impossible vertical cliff of a box canyon near the end of the film, fight on a ledge halfway up to no apparent result, and then both climb back down?
  • The pilot had taken what he called ‘a scenic route’ and had flown low into a mountain valley, into a box canyon, the better to let passengers see the Rocky Mountains.


Mid 19th century: probably a calque from Spanish cajón 'large box, canyon'.

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