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barranca

[ buh-rang-kuh; Spanish bahr-rahng-kah ]
/ bəˈræŋ kə; Spanish bɑrˈrɑŋ kɑ /
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noun, plural bar·ran·cas [buh-rang-kuhz; Spanish bahr-rahng-kahs]. /bəˈræŋ kəz; Spanish bɑrˈrɑŋ kɑs/.

a steep-walled ravine or gorge.
a gully with steep sides; arroyo.

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Origin of barranca

First recorded in 1685–95; from Spanish, variant of barranco, of obscure, probably pre-Latin origin
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British Dictionary definitions for barranca

barranca

barranco (bəˈræŋkəʊ)

/ (bəˈræŋkə) /

noun plural -cas or -cos

Southwestern US a ravine or precipice

Word Origin for barranca

C19: from Spanish, of uncertain origin
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