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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Av"a*lanche`
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  1. A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.
  2. A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice.
  3. A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything.

Etymology: F. avalanche, fr. avaler to descend, to let down, from aval down, downward; � (L. ad) + val, L. vallis, valley. See Valley

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  1. A sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things ("the program brought an avalanche of mail")
  2. A slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
  3. Gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow
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From French, from Franco-Provençal (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from Vulgar Latin *labanka (compare Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of Late Latin lābīna ‘landslide’ (compare Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin lābēs, from lābor ‘to slip, slide’.

  1. A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.
  2. A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice.
  3. A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything.
  4. Anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity (like a barrage, blitz, etc).

avalanche was also found in the following language(s): French and Portuguese

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Past life for Avalanche born Mar 16, 1987

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Philippines approximately on 1425. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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