WADIS

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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