Definition of doline in English:

doline

(also dolina)

noun

Geology
  • A hollow or basin in a karstic region, typically funnel-shaped.

    • ‘Such openings are spaced some distance apart in most limestones and these are the features that may become selectively enlarged into characteristic karstic landforms such as dolines, caves, swallow-holes, and gorges.’
    • ‘The entrance was a spectacular doline 150m across and 100m deep where a devious route down lunged from tree to tree with only the occasional bamboo ladder or dodgy hand line for assistance.’
    • ‘Just to make sure there was not a way on at the other end of the last entrance doline, they thrashed through the leech infested jungle, but found nothing.’

Origin

Late 19th century via German from Slovene dolina ‘valley’.

Pronunciation

doline

/dɒˈliːn/