[ bahr-kahn ]
/ bɑrˈkɑn /
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a crescent-shaped sand dune with the convex side in the direction of the wind.
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Origin of barchan
1885–90; <Russian barkhán, said to be <Turkic
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British Dictionary definitions for barchan
barkhan, barchane or barkan
/ (bɑːˈkɑːn) /
a crescent-shaped shifting sand dune, convex on the windward side and steeper and concave on the leeward
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