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

  • n. A narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A valley, especially a long, narrow, steep valley, cut in rock by a river.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The English form of the Spanish word cañon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See cañon.

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

  • n. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall


Spanish cañon, augmentative of caña, tube, cane, from Latin canna, reed; see cane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish cañón (Wiktionary)



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