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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural The rapids of a river that runs between the steep precipices of a gorge or narrow valley.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural Northwestern U. S. & Canada A rapid, esp. one where the channel is narrowed between rock walls.

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  • noun The rapids in a deep, narrow stream confined between the rock walls of a canyon or gorge.
  • noun A steep-sided part of a stream channel, near the dalles proper, marked by clefts, ravines, or gorges.

Etymologies

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

[French, pl. of dalle, gutter, from Old French, from Old Norse dæla.]

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From the French dalle.

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