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[suh-heyl, -heel] /səˈheɪl, -ˈhil/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The children of the Sahel do not injure their guests; I have travelled since morning fasting; hunger will make the fawn brave.

    The Arab's Pledge Edward L. Mitford
  • In a few minutes he was speeding over the Sahel hills in the direction of Frais Vallon.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • The valley of the river Sahel is full of boars, and panthers and monkeys abound in the neighboring spurs of the Zouaouas.

  • In the Sahel, the prevailing east winds drive the sand-ocean with a progressive westward motion.

    Man and Nature George P. Marsh
  • The coast plain west of Algiers, the Sahel properly called, is in strong contrast with the cultivated plain of the Mitidja.

  • From 1861 onward, Fromentin deserted the Sahara in favour of Sahel, exchanged the consuming heat of summer for a milder sunshine.

    Fromentin Georges Beaume
Word Origin and History for Sahel

from Arabic sahil "sea coast, shore." Originally in reference to the coastal region. Related: Sahelian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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