thalweg

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from 19th century German Thalweg, from Thal (valley) +‎ Weg (way, course).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtaːlvɛç/, /ˈtɑːlvɛɡ/, /ˈθɑːlwɛɡ/[1] [2]
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɑl.vɛɡ/

Noun[edit]

thalweg (plural thalwege or thalwegs)

  1. (geology, geography, cartography) The line that connects the lowest points in a valley or river channel, and thus the line of fastest flow or deepest water along a river’s course.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 thalweg” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
  2. ^ https://www.lexico.com/definition/thalweg
  • 2005, Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, The Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd edition revised), Oxford University Press, →ISBN
  • 2004, Susan Mayhew, A Dictionary of Geography, Oxford University Press, →ISBN

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Talweg prior to the 1901 spelling reform (see etymology of English entry).

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Noun[edit]

thalweg m (plural thalwegs)

  1. thalweg
    • 1903, M. Huguet, “Les Conditions Générales de la vie au Mzab”, in Bulletins et mémoires de la Société d'anthropologie de Paris, volume 4, page 220:
      [] la route laisse sur la gauche le thalweg de l'Oued Soudan []
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

thalweg m (plural thalwegs)

  1. Dated form of talvegue.