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couloir

[ kool-wahr; French koo-lwar ]
/ kulˈwɑr; French kuˈlwar /
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for couloir

couloir
/ (ˈkuːlwɑː, French kulwar) /

noun
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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