noun, plural ar·roy·os.
Origin of arroyo
Examples from the Web for arroyo
There was not a woman in all Heart's Desire saving those three newcomers in the cabin across the arroyo.
Midway, and well to the north, where a curving course indicated an arroyo he marked “El Desierto.”Jessica Trent: Her Life on a Ranch|Evelyn Raymond
There are other ruins yet further south on the western bank of the arroyo, which, however, I shall not mention here.
But Dan Anderson was not there, neither was he to be found at his casita across the arroyo.
Dan Anderson hastened across the arroyo to his house, first asking Curly to get him a horse.
British Dictionary definitions for arroyo (1 of 2)
noun plural -os mainly Southwestern US
Word Origin for arroyo
British Dictionary definitions for arroyo (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for arroyo
"watercourse, dry streambed," 1845, a California word, from American Spanish, in Spanish, "rivulet, small stream," from Latin arrugia "shaft or pit in a gold mine," apparently a compound of ad- "to" (see ad-) + ruga "a wrinkle" (see rough (adj.)).