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canyon

Syllabification: can·yon
Pronunciation: /ˈkanyən
 
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Definition of canyon in English:

noun

A deep gorge, typically one with a river flowing through it.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Towering bridges crossed creeks, ravines and canyons, while down below huge waves swept across rocks and deserted beaches.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 19th century: from Spanish cañón 'tube', based on Latin canna 'reed, cane'.

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