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20:39 Sep 4, 2008
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Science - Geography
Italian term or phrase: ampie vallecole
"la fascia pedemontana e' solcata da ampie vallecole che alla loro foce mantengono dei piccolissimi stagni".
Now, as far as I know, "vallecola" is a small valley... how can it have a "foce"?? I must be missing something. Can anyone help with the meaning/translation of the sentence?
Local time: 01:04

Summary of answers provided
4 +1broad dales
Umberto Cassano



12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
broad dales

1 BU piccola valle


It seems to me that foce here is used extensively as "mouth of the valley"


1 CO TS geogr., tratto finale di un corso d’acqua che sbocca nel mare, in un lago o in un fiume: la fauna della f. del Po; f. a delta, a estuario

2a LE estens., imboccatura, ingresso di un porto, di uno stretto di mare: legno vidi già |... perire al fine a l’intrar de la f. (Dante) | stretta apertura, passaggio

2c OB LE punto dell’orizzonte in cui sorge il sole: surge ai mortali per diverse foci | la lucerna del mondo (Dante)

3 BU stretto passaggio fra pareti rocciose, gola


Note added at 1 hr (2008-09-04 21:50:02 GMT)

You can also use "hollow" which is synonymous with "small valley" (valletta, vallecola)


4. A small valley between mountains.


"broad hollows / dales"

Umberto Cassano
Local time: 01:04
Native speaker of: Italian

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Pompeo Lattanzi
1 hr
  -> grazie

neutral  James (Jim) Davis: I dunno, the Yorkshire dales and the Alpine foothills are worlds apart-
7 hrs
  -> I agree. I suggested "hollows" in order to avoid any comparison with other places of interest
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