couloir

couloir

[kool-wahr; French koo-lwar]
noun, plural couloirs [kool-wahrz; French koo-lwar] .
a steep gorge or gully on the side of a mountain, especially in the Alps.

Origin:
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)
 
n
a deep gully on a mountain side, esp in the French Alps
 
[C19: from French: corridor, from couler to pour; see coulee]

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