DALLE (pronounced " dal," Fr. for a flag-stone or flat tile), a rapid falling over flat smooth rock surfaces in a river bed, especially in rivers flowing between basaltic rocks. The name is common in America, and came into use through the French employes of the Hudson's Bay Company. Well-known "dalles " are on the St Louis, St Croix and Wisconsin rivers. The " dalles " of the Columbia river are very beautiful, and have given its name to Dalles (1910 pop. 4880), county-seat of Wasco county, Oregon.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)