[kool-wahr; French koo-lwar]

noun, plural cou·loirs [kool-wahrz, French koo-lwar] /kulˈwɑrz, French kuˈlwar/.

a steep gorge or gully on the side of a mountain, especially in the Alps.

Nearby words

  1. coulee,
  2. coulibiac,
  3. coulibiaca,
  4. coulis,
  5. coulisse,
  6. coulomb,
  7. coulomb field,
  8. coulomb force,
  9. coulomb's law,
  10. coulomb, charles augustin de

Origin of couloir

1850–55; < French: literally, colander < Late Latin cōlātōrium strainer, equivalent to Latin cōlā(re) to strain, filter + -tōrium -tory2; see coulee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couloir



a deep gully on a mountain side, esp in the French Alps

Word Origin for couloir

C19: from French: corridor, from couler to pour; see coulee

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