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Middle English holw, holh, from Old English holh hole, hollow


  • 1: an unfilled space : cavity, hole
  • 2: a depressed or low part of a surface; especially : a small valley or basin


Hollow is a term meaning a small vee-shaped riverine type of valley with moderately sloped sides pitched more gently than and both broader and larger than a ravine. The term is used primarily within and in the states bordering Appalachia (The Appalachian Mountains, from New England to Mississippi) where some local glaciation has broadened ravines into a wider form. Frequently pronounced "Holler" in the central and southern Appalachia states.