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bolson

[bohl-sohn] /boʊlˈsoʊn/
noun
1.
a desert valley, the level of which has been raised by aggradation, usually draining into a playa.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < Spanish: big purse, equivalent to bols(a) purse (< Late Latin bursa; see bursa) + -ón augmentative suffix
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bolson

/bəʊlˈsəʊn/
noun
1.
(Southwestern US) a desert valley surrounded by mountains, with a shallow lake at the centre
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish bolsón, from Spanish bolsa purse, from Late Latin bursa bag; see purse
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