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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin praecipitium, from praeceps 'headfirst', from caput 'head'

precipice

noun
     
pre‧ci‧pice [countable]
1DN a very steep side of a high rock, mountain or cliff:
A loose rock tumbled over the precipice.
2 a dangerous situation in which something very bad could happen:
The stock market is on the edge of a precipice.
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