fjord


noun

  1. a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
  2. (in Scandinavia) a bay.

noun

  1. (esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action
n.

1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr, from North Germanic *ferthuz, from PIE *prtus, from *per- “going, passage” (see port (n.1)).

  1. A long, narrow, deep inlet from the sea between steep slopes of a mountainous coast. Fjords usually occur where ocean water flows into valleys formed near the coast by glaciers.

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