a desert valley, the level of which has been raised by aggradation, usually draining into a playa.

Nearby words

  1. bolshevize,
  2. bolshie,
  3. bolshoi ballet,
  4. bolshoi theater,
  5. bolshy,
  6. bolster,
  7. bolt,
  8. bolt boat,
  9. bolt from (out of) the blue,
  10. bolt from the blue, a

Origin of bolson

1830–40, Americanism; < Spanish: big purse, equivalent to bols(a) purse (< Late Latin bursa; see bursa) + -ón augmentative suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bolson



Southwestern US a desert valley surrounded by mountains, with a shallow lake at the centre

Word Origin for bolson

C19: from American Spanish bolsón, from Spanish bolsa purse, from Late Latin bursa bag; see purse

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