Definition of coulee
1a : a small streamb : a dry streambedc : a usually small or shallow ravine : gully
2 : a thick sheet or stream of lava
Recent Examples of coulee from the Web
After two short miles, arrive at the head of a coulee dotted with three lakes and a small waterfall.
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.
Seasons are compressed — at least underwater — in these cozy flows, which lie at the bottom of ravines, bluffs and coulees.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1807See Words from the same year
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