bajada

noun

ba·​ja·​da
variants or less commonly bahada
bəˈhädə
plural -s
1
Southwest : a steep curved descending road or trail
2
: a broad alluvial slope extending from the base of a mountain range out into a basin and formed by coalescence of separate alluvial fans

Word History

Etymology

Spanish bajada slope, descent, from feminine of bajado, past participle of bajar to descend, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin bassiare, from Late Latin bassus fat, short, low

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bajada was in 1866

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“Bajada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bajada. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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