A narrow chasm with steep cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge.
[Spanish cañón, possibly augmentative of caña, tube, cane (from Latin canna, reed; see CANE) or alteration of callón, canyon (from augmentative of calle, street, road, from Latin callis, path, of unknown origin).]
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Blyde River Canyon Mpumalanga, South Africa
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