or wa·dy

[ wah-dee ]
/ ˈwɑ di /

noun, plural wa·dis. (in Arabia, Syria, northern Africa, etc.)

the channel of a watercourse that is dry except during periods of rainfall.
such a stream or watercourse itself.
a valley.

Nearby words

  1. wade in,
  2. wade, benjamin franklin,
  3. wade-giles system,
  4. wader,
  5. waders,
  6. wadi halfa,
  7. wading bird,
  8. wading pool,
  9. wadmal,
  10. wadna

Origin of wadi

First recorded in 1830–40, wadi is from the Arabic word wādī

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British Dictionary definitions for wadi



/ (ˈwɒdɪ) /

noun plural -dies

a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season

Word Origin for wadi

C19: from Arabic

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Word Origin and History for wadi



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

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Science definitions for wadi


[ wädē ]

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