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heugh Line breaks: heugh

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(also heuch)

Definition of heugh in English:


Scottish & Northern English
A steep ravine or precipice.
Example sentences
  • About 160 years ago, the church of Ecclesgretg stood below the Heughs of St. Cyrus.
  • They were both buried in one grave, which is still pointed out at the head of a heugh, on the banks of the Amon.
  • He therefore requested to be put ashore, and, from the top of a heugh or broken bank, enjoyed the scene much more to his satisfaction.


Late Middle English: from Old English hōh, of Germanic origin.

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