1. The line defining the lowest points along the length of a river bed or valley.
2. A subterranean stream.
[German Talweg, Thalweg : Tal, Thal, valley (from Middle High German tal, from Old High German) + Weg, way (from Middle High German wec, weg, from Old High German weg; see wegh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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