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canyon

or cañon

[kan-yuh n] /ˈkæn yən/
noun
1.
a deep valley with steep sides, often with a stream flowing through it.
Origin of canyon
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; < American Spanish, Spanish cañón a long tube, a hollow, equivalent to cañ(a) tube (< Latin canna cane) + -on augmentative suffix
Synonyms
gorge, gully, ravine, pass, gap, arroyo, coulee.
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Examples from the Web for cañon
Historical Examples
  • Before the cavalcade entered the mouth of the cañon he had some thirty men about him.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Andrew drew in his breath anxiously and turned her back for the cañon.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • We crept along the cañon rim and saw our man at the bottom of it.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The man, Banker, searches, not only in the cañon but also throughout the range.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Leaving the wood he rode on up the cañon looking for signs of De Launay.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • But Banker reared as though shot and whirled about to stare down the cañon.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • They had ridden another hundred yards when a yell echoed in the cañon.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • I have promised that I would meet Monsieur de Launay in this cañon.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • It can mean but one thing—that some one has come into the cañon.

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • The cañon closed directly in front of them like an immense gate of stone.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for cañon

cañon

/ˈkænjən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of canyon

canyon

/ˈkænjən/
noun
1.
a gorge or ravine, esp in North America, usually formed by the down-cutting of a river in a dry area where there is insufficient rainfall to erode the sides of the valley
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish cañón, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane
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Word Origin and History for cañon

canyon

n.

"narrow valley between cliffs," 1834, from Mexican Spanish cañon, extended sense of Spanish cañon "a pipe, tube; deep hollow, gorge," augmentative of cano "a tube," from Latin canna "reed" (see cane (n.)). But earlier spelling callon (1560s) might suggest a source in calle "street."

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cañon in Science
canyon
  (kān'yən)   
A long, deep, narrow valley with steep cliff walls, cut into the Earth by running water and often having a stream at the bottom.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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