Also, cañon.

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. Unabridged


a town in N Texas. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
canyon or cañon (ˈkænjən)
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
[C19: from Spanish cañon, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane]
cañon or cañon
[C19: from Spanish cañon, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane]

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Word Origin & History

1834, from Mex.Sp. cañon, extended sense of Sp. cañon "a pipe, tube, gorge," from cano "a tube," from L. canna "reed" (see cane). But earlier spelling callon (1560s) might suggest a source in calle "street."
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Science Dictionary
canyon   (kān'yən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
There were many similar, although smaller, villages and little clusters of
  houses among the cliffs of this tangle of canyons.
Over the years his birthday gifts have sent him parasailing, on hot air
  balloons rides, and zip-lining through canyons.
But it quickly returned with the subsequent discoveries of giant mountains,
  deep canyons and complex weather patterns.
Crews then trek through remote canyons to check on the sick or dead condor and
  run tests on it and the carrion it was eating.
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