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barranca

[buh-rang-kuh; Spanish bahr-rahng-kah] /bəˈræŋ kə; Spanish bɑrˈrɑŋ kɑ/
noun, plural barrancas
[buh-rang-kuh z; Spanish bahr-rahng-kahs] /bəˈræŋ kəz; Spanish bɑrˈrɑŋ kɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a steep-walled ravine or gorge.
2.
a gully with steep sides; arroyo.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Spanish, variant of barranco, of obscure, probably pre-Latin orig.
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British Dictionary definitions for barranca

barranca

/bəˈræŋkə/
noun (pl) -cas, -cos
1.
(Southwestern US) a ravine or precipice
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, of uncertain origin
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