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couloir

[kool-wahr; French koo-lwar] /kulˈwɑr; French kuˈlwar/
noun, plural couloirs
[kool-wahrz; French koo-lwar] /kulˈwɑrz; French kuˈlwar/ (Show IPA)
1.
a steep gorge or gully on the side of a mountain, especially in the Alps.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French: literally, colander < Late Latin cōlātōrium strainer, equivalent to Latin cōlā(re) to strain, filter + -tōrium -tory2; see coulee
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couloir

/ˈkuːlwɑː; French kulwar/
noun
1.
a deep gully on a mountain side, esp in the French Alps
Word Origin
C19: from French: corridor, from couler to pour; see coulee
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