(in the White Nile) floating vegetable matter that often obstructs navigation.

1870–75; < Arabic: literally, obstruction Unabridged
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sudd (sʌd)
floating masses of reeds and weeds that occur on the White Nile and obstruct navigation
[C19: from Arabic, literally: obstruction]

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Likewise, a sudd en buzzing noise does not always indicate the presence of a rattlesnake.
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