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RAVINE

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 928 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RAVINE, a deep, narrow gorge, cleft or valley in a mountain, worn by the violent rush of water, whence the name, which comes through Fr. from Lat. rapina, violent robbery or plunder (rapere, to seize). The doublet " ravin " or raven," robbery, greed, has given place to the more learned form " rapine," but is still seen in " ravenous," greedy, voracious.
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