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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

An Americanism first recorded in 1835–45; from Colonial Spanish (Mexico, southwestern U.S.), Spanish cañón “a long tube, a hollow,” equivalent to cañ(a) “tube” (from Latin canna cane) + -on augmentative suffix

Other definitions 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

Word Origin for canyon

C19: from Spanish cañón, from caña tube, from Latin canna cane
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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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