wadi

wadi

[wah-dee]
noun, plural wadis. (in Arabia, Syria, northern Africa, etc.)
1.
the channel of a watercourse that is dry except during periods of rainfall.
2.
such a stream or watercourse itself.
3.
a valley.
Also, wady.


Origin:
1830–40; < Arabic wādī

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wadi or wady (ˈwɒdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season
 
[C19: from Arabic]
 
wady or wady
 
n
 
[C19: from Arabic]

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wadi
"watercourse," 1839, from Arabic wadi "seasonal watercourse," prop. part. of wada "it flowed."
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wadi   (wä'dē)  Pronunciation Key 
A gully or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
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wadi

a dry channel lying in a semiarid or desert area and subject to flash flooding during seasonal or irregular rainstorms. Such transitory streams, rivers, or creeks are noted for their gullying effects and especially for their rapid rates of erosion, transportation, and deposition. There have been reports of up to 8 feet (2 m) of deposition in 60 years and like amounts of erosion during a single flood event

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