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box canyon

a canyon with steep side walls terminating headwards in a vertical cliff.
Origin of box canyon
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Excuse me, if it should hit into one end of a box canyon while I was coming up the other.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • I investigated and discovered that owing to the peculiar formation in the box canyon the footprints were practically imperishable.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • Passing the mouth of a box canyon I observed the footprints of a man in some old rotten lava formation.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • About ten o'clock we climbed down a tremendous gash of a box canyon with precipitous cliffs.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • As Mackenzie had guessed, the party was winding its way through the box canyon at that time of speaking.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • Slim laid it back on the ground and worked slowly toward the mouth of the box canyon.

  • It is one continuous succession of rapids, eddies and whirlpools all the way, and the much feared box canyon is a fitting finale.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • This no doubt is to be attributed in large measure to the protecting influence of the box canyon.

    Mount Rainier

  • “Tom Chavis came to the box canyon at three yesterday afternoon,” she said firmly.

    The Range Boss Charles Alden Seltzer
  • How would you good people like to make up a party to go to box canyon sometime in the near future?

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
British Dictionary definitions for box canyon

box canyon

(Western US) a canyon with vertical or almost vertical walls
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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