coulee

noun
cou·​lee | \ˈkü-lē \

Definition of coulee 

1a : a small stream

b : a dry streambed

c : a usually small or shallow ravine : gully

2 : a thick sheet or stream of lava

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But in the early 1980s, Janice began making and selling quilts, wall hangings, grapevine wreaths and other crafts from their home on Jade Road at the mouth of a Driftless Area coulee. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Sparta's Grapevine Log Cabins, a bed and breakfast comes with a side of a working dairy farm," 23 Feb. 2018 There are multiple ways to access this area; the description below begins in the Northwest corner of the coulee and is accessible to hikers of all ages and abilities. Caitlin Moran, The Seattle Times, "A Hike and a Happy Hour: Trek to Ancient Lakes, trot to Iron Horse Brewery," 26 Apr. 2017 Seasons are compressed — at least underwater — in these cozy flows, which lie at the bottom of ravines, bluffs and coulees. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "The clear pool, the spooky trout and the boulder bombardment," 1 Apr. 2017 After two short miles, arrive at the head of a coulee dotted with three lakes and a small waterfall. Caitlin Moran, The Seattle Times, "A Hike and a Happy Hour: Trek to Ancient Lakes, trot to Iron Horse Brewery," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of coulee

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coulee

Canadian French coulée, from French, flowing, flow of lava, from couler to flow, from Old French, from Latin colare to strain, from colum sieve

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