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Sunday, June 12, 2011

arroyo

\uh-ROI-oh\ , noun;
1.
A small steep-sided gulch with a nearly flat floor: usually dry except after heavy rains.
Quotes:
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:
Arroyo is an Americanism, adopted from the Spanish term; akin to Latin arrūgia, "mine shaft."
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