Cul-de-sac

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A cul-de-sac in Sacramento, California

A cul-de-sac (literally "bottom of bag") is a word that came from the French language. It is also used in Catalan and Occitan, origin meaning to a dead end, close, or no through road (United Kingdom, Australian and Canadian English). While it was built in history for other reasons, its modern use is to calm down the traffic.