Definition of grike in English:


Line breaks: grike
Pronunciation: /ɡrʌɪk
(also gryke)


A fissure separating blocks or clints in a limestone pavement.
More 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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rɪˈbʌf
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…