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A.Word.A.Day--couloir

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This week's theme: words to describe the Earth's features.

couloir (KOOL-wahr) noun

A steep mountainside gorge or gully.

[From French couloir (passage), from couler (to flow), from Latin colare (to filter), from colum (sieve).]

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"The nearby Mont Blanc tunnel provides an easy way through the heart of the Alps, which allows us to challenge ourselves in Switzerland on Verbier's couloirs and bowls." Liane Beam Wansbrough; Joie de Ski in Chamonix; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Jan 26, 2005.

"Standing at the top of a vertiginous couloir above Zermatt, the multi-choice business option is a familiar one for an investment banker used to taking momentous decisions under pressure." Felice Hardy; Time to Get Out of the Bored Room; Evening Standard (London, UK); Feb 1, 2005.

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