avalanche

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French, from Franco-Provençal (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from Vulgar Latin *labanka (compare Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of Late Latin lābīna ‘landslide’ (compare Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin lābēs from lābor ‘to slip, slide’.

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avalanche ‎(plural avalanches)

  1. A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.
  2. A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice.
  3. A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything.
  4. Anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity (like a barrage, blitz, etc).

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Verb[edit]

avalanche ‎(third-person singular simple present avalanches, present participle avalanching, simple past and past participle avalanched)

  1. (intransitive) To descend like an avalanche.
  2. (transitive) To come down upon; to overwhelm.
    The shelf broke and the boxes avalanched the workers.

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Franco-Provençal (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from Vulgar Latin *labanka (compare with Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of Late Latin labina ‘landslide’ (compare with Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • /avalɑ̩̃ʃ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

avalanche f ‎(plural avalanches)

  1. avalanche

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Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French avalanche, from Savoyard Franco-Provençal avalançhe.

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avalanche f (plural avalanches)

  1. avalanche (large mass of snow sliding down a mountain side)
  2. (figuratively) (sudden, great, or irresistible influx of anything)

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  • (mass of snow sliding down): alude