cirques

cirque

[surk]
noun
1.
circle; ring.
2.
a bowl-shaped, steep-walled mountain basin carved by glaciation, often containing a small, round lake.

Origin:
1595–1605; < French < Latin circus; see circus

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cirque (sɜːk)
 
n
1.  corrie, Also called: cwm a semicircular or crescent-shaped basin with steep sides and a gently sloping floor formed in mountainous regions by the erosive action of a glacier
2.  archaeol an obsolete term for circle
3.  poetic a circle, circlet, or ring
 
[C17: from French, from Latin circus ring, circle, circus]

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cirque
1601, "circus," from Fr. cirque (14c.), from L. circus (see circus).
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cirque   (sûrk)  Pronunciation Key 
A steep, amphitheatre-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream. Cirques are formed by the erosive activity of glaciers and often contain a small lake.
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