berm /bəːm/

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I. noun

1. a flat strip of land, raised bank, or terrace bordering a river or canal.
2. a path or grass strip beside a road.
3. an artificial ridge or embankment, such as one built as a defence against tanks.

berms of shovelled earth.
4. a narrow space between a ditch and the base of a parapet.
– origin early 18th cent. (denoting a narrow space): from French berme, from Dutch berm.

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