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Monday, June 23, 2014

droke

\drohk\ , noun;
1.
Canadian (chiefly Atlantic Provinces and Northwest Territories). a valley with steeply sloping sides.
Quotes:
No one was privy to the goings-on at the house in the droke, though there was plenty of speculation about the rituals being performed to rid Mrs. Gallery of the cross her husband had become.
-- Michael Crummey, Galore, 2009
We had a boil-up in a droke—a sheltered bunch of trees. We walked for another hour. At the edge of a frozen bog they pointed to a grey-and-white caribou stag.
-- Michael Winter, The Big Why, 2004
Origin:
Droke is a Canadian dialectic term that has been used since the late 1700s.
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