Meaning of AVALANCHE in English


n. & v.

n. 1 a mass of snow and ice, tumbling rapidly down a mountain. 2 a sudden appearance or arrival of anything in large quantities (faced with an avalanche of work).

v. 1 intr. descend like an avalanche. 2 tr. carry down like an avalanche.

[ F, alt. of dial. lavanche after avaler descend ]

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