plural noun

the rapids of a river running between the walls of a canyon or gorge.

Also dells.

Origin of dalles

1825–35, Americanism; < Canadian French, plural of French dial. (Normandy) dalle literally, sink ≪ Germanic; compare Old English dæl dale




The, a city in N Oregon.
Also called City of the Dalles.
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pl n

Canadian a stretch of a river between high rock walls, with rapids and dangerous currents

Word Origin for dalles

from Canadian French, from French (Normandy dialect): sink; compare dale
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