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[buh-rang-kuh; Spanish bahr-rahng-kah] /bəˈræŋ kə; Spanish bɑrˈrɑŋ kɑ/
noun, plural barrancas
[buh-rang-kuh z; Spanish bahr-rahng-kahs] /bəˈræŋ kəz; Spanish bɑrˈrɑŋ kɑs/ (Show IPA)
a steep-walled ravine or gorge.
a gully with steep sides; arroyo.
Origin of barranca
1685-95; < Spanish, variant of barranco, of obscure, probably pre-Latin orig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for barranca
Historical Examples
  • This was, no doubt, a channel by which the stream escaped from the barranca.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • These were placed conspicuously in front, upon the very brow of the barranca.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • As soon as day broke they remounted, and continued on along the edge of the barranca.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • I walked forward to the edge of the barranca, and looked over.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The next question that arose was, how I was to get across the barranca.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The only path by which I could cross the barranca had just been taken by the bear.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • It had been done in that terrible leap upon the rocky bed of the barranca.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • And he pointed to the flying enemy on the other side of the barranca.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Then with that calmness usual to him the hunter advanced to the edge of the barranca.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • The barranca, on this side of the mountain, is not peaked as it is on the side we have just left.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for barranca


noun (pl) -cas, -cos
(Southwestern US) a ravine or precipice
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, of uncertain origin
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