/ (ˈsæbxə, -kə) /


a flat coastal plain with a salt crust, common in Arabia

Nearby words

  1. sabine,
  2. sabine lake,
  3. sabines,
  4. sabinianus,
  5. sabir,
  6. sable,
  7. sable antelope,
  8. sable island pony,
  9. sable, cape,
  10. sablefish

Word Origin for sabkha

C19: from Arabic

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Examples from the Web for sabkha

  • It overtook them in soil known as "Sabkha," signifying low-lying clay mixed with salt, churned by wet into greasy, sticky mud.

    The Life of Mohammad|Etienne Dinet

Science definitions for sabkha


[ săbkə ]

A flat area between a desert and an ocean, characterized by a crusty surface consisting of evaporite deposits (including salt, gypsum, and calcium carbonate), windblown sediments, and tidal deposits. Sabkhas form primarily through the evaporation of sea water that seeps upward from a shallow water table and through the drying of windblown sea spray.
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