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wady

[wah-dee]
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noun, plural wa·dies.
  1. wadi.

wadi

or wa·dy

[wah-dee]
noun, plural wa·dis. (in Arabia, Syria, northern Africa, etc.)
  1. the channel of a watercourse that is dry except during periods of rainfall.
  2. such a stream or watercourse itself.
  3. 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 wady

Historical Examples

  • You remember that we buried many of your valuables and arms at the wady.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • Before we leave the wady we will set fire to the dry stalks and grass.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • At any rate most of your men would be able to regain the wady and there to await your return.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • Instead of this, they kept on the other side of the wady, out of reach of the arrows.

  • Alabaster was met with not far from here in the Wady Gerrau.


British Dictionary definitions for wady

wadi

wady

noun plural -dies
  1. a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season

Word Origin

C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for wady

wadi

n.

"watercourse," 1839, from Arabic wadi "seasonal watercourse," prop. participle of wada "it flowed."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wady in Science

wadi

[wädē]
  1. A gully or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
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