Definition of couloir in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkuːlwɑː/


A steep, narrow gully on a mountainside.
Example sentences
  • So they turned their attentions to climbing a neighbouring couloir (a gully up the side of a mountain) which they completed in eight hours the following day.
  • Shorter skis weigh less, are easier to carry on a pack, and will turn with ease through the tightest trees and narrowest couloirs.
  • Unless you plan on climbing steep couloirs at over 40 degrees, or ice climbing, use one of the super-lightweight axes now available.


Early 19th century: French, 'gully or corridor', from couler 'to flow'.

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