Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A round hollow in a hillside; a cirque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bowl-shaped geographical feature formed by glaciation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as correi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hollow space or excavation in the side of a hill. See comb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake

Etymologies

Scottish Gaelic coire, hollow, cauldron, from Old Irish, cauldron, whirlpool.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Highland Scottish Gaelic, perhaps from Celtic cor a corner. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A corrie was the depression in the ground formed by a stream running down the mountainside, and it would hide the, hunters as they climbed.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • I've watched 'corrie'for 40 years, watched mored programmes per week and watched the dreaded move from Wednesday.

    Corrieblog

  • Write to Corrie Driebusch at corrie.driebusch@dowjones.com

    This Bunch Backs Two Harbors

  • The shrill clarion of the cock was now heard, the demon lost all further power over his victim, and letting him drop with a mighty shudder and a neighing yell, instantly plunged into the loch, the waters of which, for a long time after, boiled and bubbled as if it were a gigantic hunts­man's kettle of the kind in which he dresseth the haunch of the red-deer in the corrie.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • I'm going to meet Carol in person for the first time at Rhinbeck, which didn't give me enough time to spin and then weave some of the fibre she gave me, so I took some of my brown corrie handspun and some Fly ing Sheep BFL for the weft, and some Fleece Artist Merino Sock for the warp and made this lovely scarf.

    Thanks Carol! - And She Knits Too!

  • That happens much later than the cereal harvest, but at different times in different places - e.g. it might be October in a high Scottish corrie and late November in lowland England.

    Thrimilchi (May): the early English calendar

  • Stob Coire Cath na Sine – peak of the corrie of the battle of the elements

    The Grey Corries

  • Stob Coire an Laoigh – peak of the corrie of the calf

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Stob Coire Gaibhre – peak of the corrie of the goat

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Stob Coire Easain – peak of the corrie of the waterfall

    The Grey Corries

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  • ""On my first visit in March I passed the eagle's nesting crag and made my way round the rim of the corrie, where grey and white ptarmigan with bright red wattles walked slowly across my path and flew out over a group of feeding hinds.

    - From the article Meall Mor, a brief recounting of a trek and observations of the landscape and wildlife of that hill in Rothshire by Raymond Hewson. The Countryman quarterly periodical, Winter, 1956, p. 739.

    September 30, 2009

  • See cirque or cwm

    January 26, 2008