thalweg

noun thal·weg \ˈtälˌveg, -vāḵ\

Definition of thalweg

plural

-s

  1. 1a :  a line following the lowest part of a valley whether under water or not b :  the line of continuous maximum descent from any point on a land surface or one crossing all contour lines at right angles c :  subsurface water percolating beneath and in the same direction as a surface stream course

  2. 2 :  the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway which constitutes a boundary line between states

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Origin and Etymology of thalweg

German talweg (formerly spelled thalweg), from tal valley (from Old High German) + weg way, path, from Old High German — more at dale, way


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