- a long, narrow inlet of a river that gradually decreases in depth from mouth to head.
Origin of ria
First recorded in 1895–1900, ria is from the Spanish word ría river
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Examples from the Web for ria
I had thought she was a mort,” said I; “but the ria of a Romany chal is always sacred to me.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
That Ria had to die to achieve her happiness is of no real importance.
Sometimes, though, when I look at Ria's picture, it's hard to be practical.
But I wasn't a pup, so I headed straight for Ria's flat to face the music.
"Come and see," said 'Ria, giving me one hand, while she stroked Silvertoes with the other.Aunt Madge's Story
- a long narrow inlet of the seacoast, being a former valley that was submerged by a rise in the level of the sea. Rias are found esp on the coasts of SW Ireland and NW Spain
C19: from Spanish, from rio river
- Royal Irish Academy
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Word Origin and History for ria
from Spanish ria "estuary, river mouth" (adopted as a geological term first in German, 1886), from Latin ripa "stream bank" (see riparian).
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