[kool-wahr; French koo-lwar]
- a steep gorge or gully on the side of a mountain, especially in the Alps.
Origin of couloir
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Just below him lay the longest ice-slope, or couloir, he had hitherto encountered.
A few minutes more, and he stood at the foot of the couloir.
In a quarter of an hour we were on the other side of the couloir.
We resolved, then, to risk the short stretch across the couloir.
We climbed down into the couloir: the ice was furrowed by avalanches.
- a deep gully on a mountain side, esp in the French Alps
C19: from French: corridor, from couler to pour; see coulee
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