crevasse

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noun cre·vasse \ kri-ˈvas \

Definition of crevasse

1 :a breach in a levee
2 :a deep crevice or fissure (as in a glacier or the earth)
  • The climber narrowly missed slipping into a crevasse.

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Origin and Etymology of crevasse

French, from Old French crevace — see crevice


CREVASSE Defined for English Language Learners

crevasse

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Definition of crevasse for English Language Learners

  • : a deep, narrow opening or crack in an area of thick ice or rock



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