- a stream of molten lava or a sheet of solidified lava
- Northwest a deep gulch or ravine, usually dry in summer
Origin of couleeFrench coulée from couler, to flow from Classical Latin colare, to strain: see colander
- Western US A deep gulch or ravine with sloping sides, often dry in summer.
- Louisiana & Southern Mississippi a. A streambed, often dry according to the season.b. A small stream, bayou, or canal.
- Upper Midwest A valley with hills on either side.
- a. A stream of molten lava.b. A sheet of solidified lava.
Origin of couleeCanadian French coulée from French flow from couler to flow from Latin cōlāre to filter from cōlum sieve
OriginSee also: coulée
From French coulée (“flow”), from couler (“to flow”)