- 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.
From French coulée (“flow”), from couler (“to flow”)