Definition of barranca in English:


(also barranco)

nounbarrancas, barrancos

  • A narrow, winding river gorge.

    • ‘The oldest subaerial volcanic materials crop out at the bottom of the main valleys (barrancos Valle Gran Rey, Erque, Benchijigua and La Villa).’
    • ‘He leaned a little further and dropped from the wide stone ledge, floating over the rugged barranca, following the scent of a woman.’
    • ‘The lava flow sequences exposed along the main barrancos do not display any gaps in the volcanic activity.’
    • ‘Debris avalanche deposits along the Vallehermoso barranco suggest massive destruction of the north flanks of the volcano.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent


Late 17th century from Spanish.