Definition of doline in English:


Line breaks: do¦line
Pronunciation: /dɒˈliːn
(also dolina /dɒˈliːnə/)


  • A hollow or basin in a karstic region, typically funnel-shaped.
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    • Such openings are spaced some distance apart in most limestones and these are the features that may become selectively enlarged into characteristic karstic landforms such as dolines, caves, swallow-holes, and gorges.
    • The entrance was a spectacular doline 150m across and 100m deep where a devious route down lunged from tree to tree with only the occasional bamboo ladder or dodgy hand line for assistance.
    • Just to make sure there was not a way on at the other end of the last entrance doline, they thrashed through the leech infested jungle, but found nothing.


late 19th century: via German from Slovene dolina 'valley'.

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