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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Definitions for arroyo

  1. A small steep-sided gulch with a nearly flat floor: usually dry except after heavy rains.

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Citations for arroyo
He glanced around for tracks, but at this point the floor of the arroyo was almost one sheet of solid rock. Louis L'Amour, Borden Chantry
Billy's last words were like the warbling of a bird about to spring from a twig; just as the roar in an arroyo increases as the wall of water nears, so the confused murmur of the crew rose in the ears of the officers. Herman Melville, Billy Budd
Origin of arroyo
1800-1810
Arroyo is an Americanism, adopted from the Spanish term; akin to Latin arrūgia, "mine shaft."
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