[ tahl-veg, -veyk ]
/ ˈtɑl vɛg, -veɪk /
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a line, as drawn on a map, connecting the lowest points of a valley.
Chiefly International Law. the middle of the main navigable channel of a waterway that serves as a boundary line between states.
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The thalweg has been frequently confirmed as the accepted boundary where no conventions to the contrary existed.International Law|George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
British Dictionary definitions for thalweg
/ (ˈtɑːlvɛɡ) /
noun geography rare
the longitudinal outline of a riverbed from source to mouth
the line of steepest descent from any point on the land surface
Word Origin for thalweg
C19: from German, from Thal valley + Weg way, path
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Scientific definitions for thalweg
[ täl′vĕg′ ]
The line defining the lowest points along the length of a river bed or valley, whether underwater or not.
A subterranean stream following a course similar to that of an overlying surficial stream.
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