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noun (in the East Indies)
  1. an intermittent watercourse.
  2. a gully or ravine.
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Origin of nullah

First recorded in 1770–80, nullah is from the Hindi word nālā brook, ravine
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Historical Examples of nullah

  • By eight o'clock the last of the baggage was near the nullah.

    Through Three Campaigns

    G. A. Henty

  • You are certain it was in the nullah that Mr Strachan killed the Arab who was on the top of you?

  • A common method of duelling was the exchange of blows from a nullah.

  • They were in a khor, or nullah, into which we had to drop, and they lined it twenty deep in places.

  • I could see the wheel wobbling as we crossed the flat bed of the nullah.

    The Mercy of Allah

    Hilaire Belloc

British Dictionary definitions for nullah


  1. a stream or drain
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Word Origin for nullah

C18: from Hindi nālā
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