Courantyne


Also found in: Dictionary.

Courantyne

a river in N South America, rising in S Guyana and flowing north to the Atlantic, forming the boundary between Guyana and Surinam. Length: 765 km (475 miles)

Courantyne

 

(Corantijn), a river in northern South America. Length, approximately 700 km. It originates on the East Guiana Plateau, flows along its northern slope and through the Guiana Lowlands among humid equatorial forests, and falls into the Atlantic Ocean, forming estuaries. The Courantyne River is full of rapids, except in the lower course. It is fed by rain. The water level is high throughout the year. The Courantyne is navigable by large vessels for 70 km. The river is the boundary between Guyana and Surinam.

References in periodicals archive ?
The scales of blended times had changed in the half-apparitional, half-concrete fabric of my Dream-book and arrival on the Virgin Ship in the Courantyne River from which we made our way into the savannahs.
I read in the Carnival Argosy in 1939," said Mr Mageye, "that engineers were contemplating diverting the tributary to the Courantyne River known as Crabwood Creek into an enclosure, or giant spatial lasso, so to speak, for horses and cattle to prevent them straying onto and grazing upon the rice fields.
Horseflesh flanking the Moon and the creek became the shadow of a wall, or a dam, as the procession advanced towards the Courantyne River.
He drew the Horses along the lassoing hair--with or in the lassoing hair--in the Virgin's body to the wide Courantyne River.