Definition of


  1. (noun, object) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

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Synonyms of Canyon


Alternate forms of Canyon

Hypernyms: ravine

Origin of the word Canyon

  1. 1834, from Mex.Sp. ca?on, extended sense of Sp. ca?on "a pipe, tube, gorge," from cano "a tube," from L. canna "reed" (see cane). But earlier spelling callon (1560s) might suggest a source in calle "street." more

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