Southwestern U.S. a ravine.
a brook.

Origin of quebrada

1825–35; < Spanish, noun use of feminine past participle of quebrar to break ≪ Latin crepāre to clatter, crack, rattle
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Historical Examples of quebrada

  • It was this narrow gorge which was known as the Quebrada del Coyote.

    The Indian Chief

    Gustave Aimard

  • He himself was in sore doubt as to the identity of the quebrada which they were following.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • “It was there I left him,” said Carmen, pointing to a quebrada some ten miles away.

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall

  • The water of the quebrada is never sufficiently abundant to irrigate the whole of the cone of the torrent.

  • They then built a stone dam at the outlet of the quebrada, and the water accumulates behind this during the night.