[ kool-wahr; French koo-lwar ]
/ kulˈwɑr; French kuˈlwar /

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.


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for couloir

/ (ˈkuːlwɑː, French kulwar) /


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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