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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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  • Slowly and painfully he extricated himself from the bed of the nullah, and then, his rifle on his shoulder, followed its course.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  • By eight o'clock the last of the baggage was near the nullah.

  • This time I reached a nullah where a mule that had been hit was kicking to death invisible devils.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • 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
  • Directly the camp was left, the sides of the nullah enlarged and, for half a mile, the road lay through a narrow ravine.

  • A common method of duelling was the exchange of blows from a nullah.

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

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • 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
  • We were therefore obliged to cut a way in and out of the nullah wherever we crossed; so some idea may be formed of our day's work.

    Five Years in New Zealand Robert B. Booth
  • I could see the wheel wobbling as we crossed the flat bed of the nullah.

    The Mercy of Allah Hilaire Belloc
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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