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canyon

or ca·ñon

[ kan-yuhn ]
/ ˈkæn yən /
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noun

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 cannacane) + -on augmentative suffix

Definition for canyon (2 of 2)

Canyon
[ kan-yuhn ]
/ ˈkæn yən /

noun

a town in N Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for canyon

canyon

caon

/ (ˈkænjən) /

noun

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
C19: from Spanish cañón, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for canyon

canyon
[ kănyən ]

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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