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canyon

or ca·ñon

[kan-yuhn]
noun
  1. a deep valley with steep sides, often with a stream flowing through it.
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Origin of canyon

1835–45, Americanism; < American Spanish, Spanish cañón a long tube, a hollow, equivalent to cañ(a) tube (< Latin canna cane) + -on augmentative suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for cañon

cañon

noun
  1. a variant spelling of canyon
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canyon

caon

noun
  1. a gorge or ravine, esp in North America, usually formed by the down-cutting of a river in a dry area where there is insufficient rainfall to erode the sides of the valley
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish cañón, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane
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Word Origin and History for cañon

canyon

n.

"narrow valley between cliffs," 1834, from Mexican Spanish cañon, extended sense of Spanish cañon "a pipe, tube; deep hollow, gorge," augmentative of cano "a tube," from Latin canna "reed" (see cane (n.)). But earlier spelling callon (1560s) might suggest a source in calle "street."

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cañon in Science

canyon

[kănyən]
  1. A long, deep, narrow valley with steep cliff walls, cut into the Earth by running water and often having a stream at the bottom.
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