cirque definition by Webster's New World
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- a circular space or arrangement
- Old Poet. a circle; ring
- Archaic a circus
- Geol. a steep, hollow excavation high on a mountainside, made by glacial erosion; natural amphitheater
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin circus: see circus
cirque definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A steep bowl-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream. Also called cwm.
- A ring; a circle.
Origin: French, from Latin circus, circle; see circle.
cirque - Science Definition
A steep, amphitheatre-shaped hollow occurring at the upper end of a mountain valley, especially one forming the head of a glacier or stream. Cirques are formed by the erosive activity of glaciers and often contain a small lake.