Definition of grike in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrʌɪk/
(also gryke)


A fissure separating blocks or clints in a limestone pavement.
Example sentences
  • Overground there are ring forts and burial monuments, round towers and high crosses and always the flat limestone slabs with cracks, or grikes.
  • Bryophyte and other vegetation mats close over deep grikes but will not support human weight.
  • Karstification can form an extensive network of grykes, underground caves and passageways.


Late 18th century (originally northern English dialect): of unknown origin.

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