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Sahel

[suh-heyl, -heel] /səˈheɪl, -ˈhil/
noun
1.
the arid area on the S flank of the Sahara desert that stretches across six countries from Senegal to Chad.
Related forms
Sahelian, adjective, noun
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  • The children of the Sahel do not injure their guests; I have travelled since morning fasting; hunger will make the fawn brave.

    The Arab's Pledge Edward L. Mitford
  • From 1861 onward, Fromentin deserted the Sahara in favour of Sahel, exchanged the consuming heat of summer for a milder sunshine.

    Fromentin Georges Beaume
  • In a few minutes he was speeding over the Sahel hills in the direction of Frais Vallon.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • In the Sahel, the prevailing east winds drive the sand-ocean with a progressive westward motion.

    Man and Nature George P. Marsh
  • The coast plain west of Algiers, the Sahel properly called, is in strong contrast with the cultivated plain of the Mitidja.

  • The valley of the river Sahel is full of boars, and panthers and monkeys abound in the neighboring spurs of the Zouaouas.

Word Origin and History for Sahel

from Arabic sahil "sea coast, shore." Originally in reference to the coastal region. Related: Sahelian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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