noun Etymology: Russian barkhan, from Kazakh Date: 1888 a moving crescent-shaped sand dune

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  • Barchan —   [turkmenisch] der, s/ e, Sicheldüne, Bogendüne, halbmondförmige Wanderdüne, aerodynamisch günstige Form mit flachem Anstieg auf der Luvseite und halbkreisförmig eingebuchtetem Steilhang im Lee. (Dünen) * * * Bar|chan, der; s, e [russ. barhan,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • barchan — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. u, Mc. barchannie {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} tkanina bawełniana, z jednej strony włochata, używana do szycia bielizny <arab.> {{/stl 7}} …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • barchan — [bär kän′, bär′kän΄] n. [Russ barkhan] a crescent shaped sand dune formed in certain inland desert regions, with the convex side facing into the wind …   English World dictionary

  • Barchan — A barchan dune is an arc shaped sand ridge, comprising well sorted sand. This type of dune possesses two horns that face downwind, with the slip face (the downwind slope) at the angle of repose, or approximately 32 degrees. The upwind side is… …   Wikipedia

  • Barchan — Düne im Sossusvlei (Namibia) Düne mit aufgesetzten Rippeln in Marokko …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Barchan — Bar|chan [... ça:n] der; s, e <aus turkotat. barchán »Wanderdüne«> bogenförmige Binnendüne (Geogr.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • barchan — I m IV, D. u, Ms. barchannie; lm M. y «tkanina bawełniana, lewostronnie drapana, używana na ciepłą bieliznę, szlafroki, sukienki dziecinne» Gruby, kolorowy barchan. Kaftanik z barchanu. ‹ar.› II m IV, D. u, Ms. barchannie; lm M. y geol. «wydma… …   Słownik języka polskiego

  • barchan — /bahr kahn /, n. a crescent shaped sand dune with the convex side in the direction of the wind. [1885 90; < Russ barkhán, said to be < Turkic] * * * ▪ sand dune also spelled  Barkhan,         crescent shaped sand dune produced by the action of… …   Universalium

  • barchan — noun /ˈbɑːkɑːn/ An arc shaped sand ridge comprised of well sorted sand. The structure out here was revealed immediately desert punctuated by oases in a geography of cruelty, barkhans or traveling sand dunes a hundred feet high, which might or… …   Wiktionary

  • barchan —   crescent shaped sand dune which form in desert areas experiencing generally constant winds. The horns of the crescent point downwind, having moved ahead more rapidly, where they become sheltered and stable. Sand moves up the windward side and… …   Geography glossary

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