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  1. couleenoun

    A stream.

    Etymology: From coulée, from couler

  2. couleenoun

    A lava flow.

    Etymology: From coulée, from couler

  3. couleenoun

    A deep gulch or ravine, frequently dry in summer.

    Etymology: From coulée, from couler

Webster Dictionary

  1. Couleenoun

    a stream

    Etymology: [F. coule, fr. couler to run or flow.]

  2. Couleenoun

    a stream of lava. Also, in the Western United States, the bed of a stream, even if dry, when deep and having inclined sides; distinguished from a ca–on, which has precipitous sides.

    Etymology: [F. coule, fr. couler to run or flow.]


  1. Coulee

    Coulee is applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley or drainage zone. The word coulee comes from the Canadian French coulée, from French word couler meaning "to flow". The term is often used interchangeably in the Great Plains for any number of water features, from ponds to creeks. In southern Louisiana the word coulée originally meant a gully or ravine usually dry or intermittent but becoming sizable during rainy weather. As stream channels were dredged or canalized, the term was increasingly applied to perennial streams, generally smaller than bayous. The term is also used for small ditches or canals in the swamp.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coulée

    kōō-lā′, or kōō′li, n. a ravine, esp. one worn out by water. [Fr.,—couler, to flow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coulee in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coulee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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