- (in the White Nile) floating vegetable matter that often obstructs navigation.
Origin of sudd
1870–75; < Arabic: literally, obstruction
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Examples from the Web for sudd
There was found to be large quantities of grass weed and sudd in the Nile at no great distance from Fashoda.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
The sudd, it is supposed, stopped the advance of the Roman centurions who were sent up the Nile in the days of Nero.
Baker cut through fifty miles of the sudd, and urged the khdive to reopen the Nile.
The sudd was found to be piled up and of almost as close a structure as peat.
Their advance was impeded by the sudd, and, after writing discouraging reports, their attempt was abandoned.
- floating masses of reeds and weeds that occur on the White Nile and obstruct navigation
C19: from Arabic, literally: obstruction
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