- a deep valley with steep sides, often with a stream flowing through it.
Origin of canyon
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- a variant spelling of canyon
- 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 and History for cañon
"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."
- A long, deep, narrow valley with steep cliff walls, cut into the Earth by running water and often having a stream at the bottom.