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Definition of gulch

: a deep or precipitous cleft : ravine especially : one occupied by a torrent

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Examples of gulch in a Sentence

the gulch floods in the spring with the runoff from the mountains, so wait until later in the summer to hike it
Recent Examples on the Web In the gulch just to my southwest, a jaguar roamed during his three-year stay in the range, and an ocelot was recently spotted bounding through this spot. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 The crater lake, for example, is surrounded by dramatic canyon-like gulches, the result of erosion from rainfall. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 Eddy Sánchez, director of the seismic institute, said Monday some inhabitants had been slow to evacuate in part because rivers and gulches around the volcano were swollen with rain. Anthony Harrup And, WSJ, "Guatemala Searches for Missing After Deadly Volcano Eruption," 4 June 2018 Following an hours-long search that Wednesday in March 1986, authorities discovered Michella’s body in a gulch not far from the playground. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 12-year-old’s murder went unsolved for decades. Police just used a napkin to find a suspect.," 26 June 2018 Her body was found later that night in a nearby gulch. King-tv, USA TODAY, "DNA on napkin leads to charges in 32-year-old cold case," 23 June 2018 Her body was found in a gulch after police conducted a search. Maggie Wilson, ajc, "Police make arrest in 1986 child murder," 22 June 2018 Nestled on the flanks of the extremely active volcano, the village was square in the path of a gulch that channeled the downhill flow of fast-moving hot rock, ash and debris when the mountain erupted Sunday, burying homes up to their rooftops. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Guatemala town destroyed by volcano thought it was safe," 8 June 2018 Locals said any ash flows normally would travel down a deeper gulch, called Las Lajas, just to the north. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Guatemala town destroyed by volcano thought it was safe," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of gulch

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gulch

perhaps from English dialect gulch to gulp, from Middle English gulchen

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The first known use of gulch was in 1832

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English Language Learners Definition of gulch

chiefly US : a small, narrow valley with steep sides


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Kids Definition of gulch

: a small narrow valley with steep sides

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