a deep, narrow ravine, especially one marking the course of a stream or torrent.

1825–35; compare British dialect gulch, gulsh to run with a full stream, gush, (of land) to sink in, Middle English gulchen to spew forth, gush; expressive word akin to gulp, gush, etc. Unabridged
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gulch (ɡʌltʃ)
(US), (Canadian) a narrow ravine cut by a fast stream
[C19: of obscure origin]

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1832, Amer.Eng., perhaps from obsolete or dial. Eng. gulsh "sink in" (of land), "gush out" (of water), from M.E. gulchen "to gush forth, to drink greedily."
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