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British Dictionary definitions for grike

grike

gryke

noun
  1. a solution fissure, a vertical crack about 0.5 m wide formed by the dissolving of limestone by water, that divides an exposed limestone surface into sections or clints

Word Origin

C20 in geological sense: from northern dialect
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Historical Examples

  • It was the same grimy giant who had accosted her on the lonely road near Deadman's Grike.

    J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 5

    J.S. Le Fanu

  • He climbed over the sedge and eely oarweeds and sat on a stool of rock, resting his ashplant in a grike.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce