- the channel of a watercourse that is dry except during periods of rainfall.
- such a stream or watercourse itself.
- a valley.
Origin of wadi
First recorded in 1830–40, wadi is from the Arabic word wādī
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Examples from the Web for wadi
Even with a GPS, it was easy to get disoriented in a wadi, or to mistake one trail for another.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Hadeel, a vivacious 27-year-old from the Wadi Ara region, teaches Arabic in a Jewish Israeli elementary school.What American Jews Can Learn From ‘Dove’s Cry’
November 18, 2013
What he may not know is that from this museum, the site of the Deir Yassin massacre is visible just across the wadi.Mr. President, Don’t Forget The Nakba
March 19, 2013
He knows the topography and geography of Israel/Palestine, literally street by street and wadi by wadi.How to Revive The Peace Process: A Modest Proposal
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
May 9, 2012
I carry no note-book with me when I go down the wadi or out into the fields.
Everything, except the river in the wadi below, is yet asleep.
Near Zacariah the Wadi es Sunt contains but few of those trees.Byeways in Palestine
He was buying up land for himself in the Wadi Al Ain and elsewhere.
So we went on, but for fully two miles, till the Wadi Adim crossed our path.
- a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season
C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for wadi
"watercourse," 1839, from Arabic wadi "seasonal watercourse," prop. participle of wada "it flowed."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A gully or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
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