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1. Western US A deep gulch or ravine with sloping sides, often dry in summer.
2. Louisiana & Southern Mississippi
a. A streambed, often dry according to the season.
b. A small stream, bayou, or canal.
3. Upper Midwest A valley with hills on either side.
a. A stream of molten lava.
b. A sheet of solidified lava.

[Canadian French coulée, from French, flow, from couler, to flow, from Latin cōlāre, to filter, from cōlum, sieve.]


(ˈkuːleɪ; -lɪ)
1. (Geological Science)
a. a flow of molten lava
b. such lava when solidified
2. (Physical Geography) Western US and Canadian a dry stream valley, esp a long steep-sided gorge or ravine that once carried melt water from a glacier
3. (Physical Geography) a small intermittent stream in such a ravine
[C19: from Canadian French coulée a flow, from French, from couler to flow, from Latin cōlāre to sift, purify; see colander]


(ˈku li)

1. Chiefly Western U.S. and Western Canada. a deep ravine or gulch, usu. dry, that has been formed by running water.
2. a small valley.
3. a small intermittent stream.
[1800–10, Amer.; < Canadian French, French: a flowing, n. use of fem of coulé, past participle of couler to flow < Latin cōlāre to filter, strain, derivative of cōlum strainer]
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If you have a healthy credit card and a little time you coula build up your own custom gun at home easily enough.
Walter was able to move his office from the kitchen table, and set up in Kariakor--the bustling, dusty Jua Kali district of Dar es Salaam, about as far away from TPH's offices as one coula get.
One volunteer, a tiny 88-year-old woman named Coula Farris, buses tables on Wednesdays, in part to hear Croly play.
Le Guide providentiel enfonca le couteau dans l'un puis dans l'autre oeil, il en sortat une gelee noiratre qui coula sur les joues et dont les deux larmes se rejoignirent dans la plaie de la gorge.
17], et affecte a la flottille des patrouilleurs de la Manche, 2e escadrille de patrouille stationnee a Calais, fut torpille et coula.
The vegetation belongs to the coastal evergreen rainforest (0-100 m altitude), which is characterized by the presence of some species such as Lophira a lata and Coula edulis.
Le sang coula, barbouilla la terre assechee et irrigua les moissons foutues, sous une pluie de balles sans merci qui dissequa leurs corps chetifs.
Therefore 33% of the "espartillares" in the Bajos Submeridionales, coula annually produce 19.
Over a decade, researchers periodically provided wild chimps in Guinea with piles of hard-shelled coula nuts in a forest clearing.
NATURE UNTOUCHED Swinging skilfully through the Coula trees.
Researchers allowed the wild chimpanzees access to different combinations of two different types of nut-the oil palm nut, which is naturally widely available, and the coula nut, which is not.
le Guide Providentiel enfonca le couteau dans l'un puis dans l'autre oeil, il en sortit une gelee noiratre qui coula sur les joues (Labou Tansi 1979: 12-13).