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[wah-dee] /ˈwɑ di/
noun, plural wadis. (in Arabia, Syria, northern Africa, etc.)
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I carry no note-book with me when I go down the wadi or out into the fields.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Everything, except the river in the wadi below, is yet asleep.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Near Zacariah the wadi es Sunt contains but few of those trees.

  • He was buying up land for himself in the wadi Al Ain and elsewhere.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • So we went on, but for fully two miles, till the wadi Adim crossed our path.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • It was a great mystery to us why the wadi al Ain people had ever been sent for.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
British Dictionary definitions for wadi


noun (pl) -dies
a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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wadi in Science
A gully or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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