semicirque

semicirque

(ˈsɛmɪˌsɜːk)
n
an opening in the shape of a semicircle amongst trees or hills
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Shut out from prospect of the open vale, And saw the water, that composed this rill, Descending, disembodied and diffused O'er the smooth surface of an ample crag, Lofty, and steep, and naked as a tower, All further progress here was barred;-- Upon a semicirque of turf-clad ground, The hidden nook discovered to our view A mass of rock, resembling, as it lay Right at the foot of that moist precipice, A stranded ship, with keel upturned, that rests Fearless of winds and waves.