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[nuhl-uh] /ˈnʌl ə/
noun, (in the East Indies)
an intermittent watercourse.
a gully or ravine.
Origin of nullah
First recorded in 1770-80, nullah is from the Hindi word nālā brook, ravine Unabridged
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  • By eight o'clock the last of the baggage was near the nullah.

  • You are certain it was in the nullah that Mr Strachan killed the Arab who was on the top of you?

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • A common method of duelling was the exchange of blows from a nullah.

  • They were in a khor, or nullah, into which we had to drop, and they lined it twenty deep in places.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • I could see the wheel wobbling as we crossed the flat bed of the nullah.

    The Mercy of Allah Hilaire Belloc
  • That is the nullah in which they say the tiger retires at night.

    Rujub, the Juggler G. A. Henty
  • He reached the nullah about half-an-hour after he had left it.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • There was no nullah (whatever a nullah may be), there was only a waste of dusty cane-brake.

  • At the eleventh hour I and threescore followers will cross the nullah.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • If disturbed, he can retreat up the nullah to the shelter of the forest.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for nullah


a stream or drain
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi nālā
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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