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clough

Line breaks: clough
Pronunciation: /klʌf
 
/

Definition of clough in English:

noun

Northern English
A steep valley or ravine.
Example sentences
  • Woodlands Mill, which is situated in a wooded clough, was built at the peak of manufacturing activity in the area.
  • In summer time, on long, warm evenings, we would engage in the building of various types of bridges over the stream that runs down the clough.
  • We got caught in it anyway being too high up when it drifted towards us - dense pouring cloud - filling in every clough and gulley between us and the hills over the valley.

Origin

Old English clōh (recorded in place names), of Germanic origin; related to German dialect Klinge.

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