• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barranca A ravine caused by heavy rains or a watercourse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barranca A deep ravine, mountain-gorge, or defile: a word frequently used by writers on Mexican and South American geography and travel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Larry had to lead his cavallo down the barranca to the main canon.
"Arizona Nights" by Stewart Edward White
The country around is broken into deep barrancas or ravines, some of which approach its very walls.
"Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada" by Washington Irving
They led direct to a side barranca.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Deep barrancas might crop up in their path, massed thickets of cactus that had to be ridden around for loss of time.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
It's a bad place, that barranca is.
"Santa Fé's Partner" by Thomas A. Janvier
Battles: Port Hudson, Barrancas, Mariana, Mitchell's Creek, Pine Barren Ford, Fort Blakely.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
Across the barranca, they caught sight of another cloud of dust, from which swung wildly gesticulating arms.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
In the barrancas it was still dark night.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various
Twenty-four tadpoles were collected on May 3 in a quiet section of a fast stream near Barranca Seca.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
Puntarenas: Barranca, KU 32305-12, *5 km.
"Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group" by William E. Duellman
In another score of seconds he had reached the base of the barranca; where a narrow shelf of rock afforded him footing by the stream.
"The Bandolero" by Mayne Reid
All of the boys were glad when the first peep of dawn drove the coyotes to their dens among the rocks in the hills, or some barranca near by.
"The Boy Scouts Under Fire in Mexico" by Lieut. Howard Payson
Instruct your drivers to take the old trail down the Barranca.
"The Mystery of The Barranca" by Herman Whitaker
N Barranca, KU 35630; Esparta, USNM 37758.
"A Revision of Snakes of the Genus Conophis (Family Colubridae, from Middle America)" by John Wellman
SSW Amatitlan, UMMZ 115195; Barranca Metlac, UIMNH 38365; Boca del Rio, UIMNH 26619-30, UMMZ 74954 (9); 16 km.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
Some thief drilled my canteen when I went fooling along this barranca, an' I ain't got a drop left.
"Hopalong Cassidy" by Clarence E. Mulford
We were barely one day's journey from the port of Santa Cruz, and were bivouacked in a green canon under the lee of the west barranca.
"Wild Life in the Land of the Giants" by Gordon Stables
I suppose we meet at the Barranca del Gigante.
"The Border Rifles" by Gustave Aimard
The batteries are all sand-bag and earthworks, with the exception of Fort Barrancas.
"The Civil War in America" by William Howard Russell
Don Gregorio of the Barrancas, is it not so?
"Ponce de Leon" by William Pilling

In news:

First Descent of the Barranca de Piaxtla.
San Diego — Broad, open grasslands in the topography of San Diego County are the exception to the norm, which is chaparral-covered mesas and barrancas.
In the past, no real recycling program existed at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.