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Sahel

[suh-heyl, -heel] /səˈheɪl, -ˈhil/
noun
1.
the arid area on the S flank of the Sahara desert that stretches across six countries from Senegal to Chad.
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Sahelian, adjective, noun
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from Arabic sahil "sea coast, shore." Originally in reference to the coastal region. Related: Sahelian.

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