Entry from British & World English dictionary
A fissure separating blocks or clints in a limestone pavement.
- 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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