[buh-rang-kuh; Spanish bahr-rahng-kah]
- a steep-walled ravine or gorge.
- a gully with steep sides; arroyo.
Origin of barranca
1685–95; < Spanish, variant of barranco, of obscure, probably pre-Latin orig.
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Examples from the Web for barranca
This was, no doubt, a channel by which the stream escaped from the barranca.The Desert Home
These were placed conspicuously in front, upon the very brow of the barranca.The Scalp Hunters
As soon as day broke they remounted, and continued on along the edge of the barranca.The Boy Hunters
Captain Mayne Reid
The next question that arose was, how I was to get across the barranca.
It had been done in that terrible leap upon the rocky bed of the barranca.
- Southwestern US a ravine or precipice
C19: from Spanish, of uncertain origin
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