cirque, corrie, cwm

(noun) a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake

Source: WordNet® 3.1



cirque (plural cirques)

(geology) A curved depression in a mountainside with steep walls, forming the end of a valley.

Synonyms: corrie, combe, cwm

(dated or literary) Something in the shape of a circle or ring, such as a Roman circus.

Synonyms: circle, ring

Source: Wiktionary

Cirque, n. Etym: [F., fr. L. circus.]

1. A circle; a circus; a circular erection or arrangement of objects. A dismal cirque Of Druid stones upon a forlorn moor. Keats.

2. A kind of circular valley in the side of a mountain, walled around by precipices of great height.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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