Prec"i*pice (?), n. [F. pr'ecipice, L. praecipitium, fr. praeceps, -cipitis, headlong; prae before + caput, capitis, the head. See Pre-, and Chief.]

1.

A sudden or headlong fall.

[Obs.]

Fuller.

2.

A headlong steep; a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; an abrupt declivity; a cliff.

Where wealth like fruit on precipices grew. Dryden.

 

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