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wadi

[wah-dee] /ˈwɑ di/
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
1830-1840
1830-40; < Arabic wādī
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British Dictionary definitions for wadi

wadi

/ˈwɒdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for wadi
n.

"watercourse," 1839, from Arabic wadi "seasonal watercourse," prop. participle of wada "it flowed."

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wadi in Science
wadi
  (wä'dē)   
A gully or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
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Encyclopedia Article for wadi

arroyo

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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