The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#455 — September 17, 2022) is the word chute. A chute is an inclined plane used for transporting items from higher to lower levels, taking advantage of gravity. In topography, river chutes are formed by “lateral erosion of the bank of the upstream arm of a loop, which causes the stream to cut through the neck of the loop into the downstream” (via Britannica).
Also, parachutes are called chutes for short. As noted by the Saturday Evening Post, the word chute has roots in Old French “cheoir,” which means to fall. In fact, the word parachute is formed from two French words: “para,” which means “protection against,” and “chute,” which means to fall.
We solved the puzzle in four attempts today, although we’d probably have done it faster if we used one of the WordleBot’s recommended starter words, “crane.” Instead, we started guessing with the word “plane,” and then we followed up with the words “stove” and “tripe” before the answer became apparent.