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Question #5907 posted on 05/31/2004 12:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

what language does word "avalanche" come from? and what did it mean in that language?

Merci

A: Hello Merci. What an ironic name!

Avalanche comes from French, from the verb "avaler": to descend, to let down, to fall.

It is related to Latin's "lavanca," or ravine.

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