from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Southwestern U.S. A deep ravine or gorge.
- n. Southwestern U.S. A bluff.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A steep-sided gulch or arroyo; a canyon or ravine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ravine caused by heavy rains or a watercourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deep ravine, mountain-gorge, or defile: a word frequently used by writers on Mexican and South American geography and travel.
Even now, the meandering black strip of asphalt, cut deep into the green hillside, and perched on the edge of the deep 'barranca', is like an unwelcome intruder in the landscape.
The barranca is the site of the ancient right of way that in the time of private property in land ran across the holding of one Chauvet, a French pioneer of California who came from his native country in the fabled days of gold.
The barranca is 2000 feet deep and is cut in layers of resistant basaltic lava flows and softer explosive fragmental material.
While one would think that cañon means canyon, google says it is barranca and I remembered that the canyon outside of Guadalajara is called a barranca as well.
The hillock on which I am standing, undermined by the waters, gives way and crumbles under me; in ten seconds 'time I find myself in the barranca, which is converted into a river, off my horse, which is gone I know not whither.
Oaks Park, known as the barranca, or Calleguas Creek at Paseo del Campo and Creekside
Whatever you do, do not make the mistake of taking Highway 15 libre up the barranca.
Picking up her pace, she continued up Casquez Canyon Road, over the bridge that spanned the barranca and turned onto Bolton Road.
I pointed up toward the barranca and the palm trees that thickened as you got farther from the sandy beach.
The _patio_, or open yard of Regla, on which the principal portion of the ores of the Real del Monte company are "benefited," or, as we should say, extracted, is situated deep down in a _barranca_, where both water-power and intense heat can be obtained to facilitate the process of separation.
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