- roll down
Other Word Forms of Avalanche
Origin of Avalanche
From French, from Franco-Provençal (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from Vulgar Latin *labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of Late Latin labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.
French Provençal lavanca ravine perhaps ultimately from Latin lābī to slip
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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