water hole

a depression in the surface of the ground, containing water.
a source of drinking water, as a spring or well in the desert.
a pond; pool.
a cavity containing water in the dry bed of a river.
a hole in the frozen surface of a lake, pond, stream, etc.


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water hole
1.  a depression, such as a pond or pool, containing water, esp one used by animals as a drinking place
2.  a source of drinking water in a desert

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Example sentences
In the far distance a herd of elephants proceeded at a stately pace toward the
  water hole.
Holed up in his vehicle, he photographed animals as they came to drink in a
  water hole during the dry season.
The giraffe's stature can be a disadvantage as well-it is difficult and
  dangerous for a giraffe to drink at a water hole.
They often find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin
  with a natural bug repellent and sun block.
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