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or cañon

[kan-yuh n] /ˈkæn yən/
a deep valley with steep sides, often with a stream flowing through it.
Origin of canyon
1835-45, Americanism; < American Spanish, Spanish cañón a long tube, a hollow, equivalent to cañ(a) tube (< Latin canna cane) + -on augmentative suffix
gorge, gully, ravine, pass, gap, arroyo, coulee.


[kan-yuh n] /ˈkæn yən/
a town in N Texas. Unabridged
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  • From railroad to canyon there is not an unuseful mile or hour.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Between its Babel towers narrow Nassau Street was like a canyon.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The canyon walls are drenched with rains and even some of the lofty spurs are clothed with dense forest or scrub.

  • When they approached the entrance to the canyon, gradually Linda slowed down.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Hours ago deep shadows settled into the canyon, as the sun passed behind the cliffs.

British Dictionary definitions for canyon


a gorge or ravine, esp in North America, usually formed by the down-cutting of a river in a dry area where there is insufficient rainfall to erode the sides of the valley
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish cañón, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane
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Word Origin and History for canyon

"narrow valley between cliffs," 1834, from Mexican Spanish cañon, extended sense of Spanish cañon "a pipe, tube; deep hollow, gorge," augmentative of cano "a tube," from Latin canna "reed" (see cane (n.)). But earlier spelling callon (1560s) might suggest a source in calle "street."

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canyon in Science
A long, deep, narrow valley with steep cliff walls, cut into the Earth by running water and often having a stream at the bottom.
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