gouffre

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin or Late Latin colpus, colfus, culfus, from Ancient Greek κόλπος (kólpos). It is possible that French did not receive the word from the Latin intermediate but rather borrowed it directly from Greeks around the Mediterranean coast. Doublet of golfe.

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Noun[edit]

gouffre m (plural gouffres)

  1. pit or shaft cave, pothole
    Synonym: aven
  2. chasm
    Synonym: abîme

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