- the channel of a watercourse that is dry except during periods of rainfall.
- such a stream or watercourse itself.
- a valley.
Origin of wadi
First recorded in 1830–40, wadi is from the Arabic word wādī
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Related Wordsgully, creek, stream, sluice, canal, estuary, aqueduct, brook, channel, flume, conduit, gutter, culvert, inlet, chute, drain, gullet, trench, ravine, river
Examples from the Web for wadis
He patrolled on foot, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) filled the donkey paths that crisscrossed the wadis and hills.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries
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The rest of the tributaries are wadis, dry except after rains.
These rivers, in short, become Arabian wadis, on which see Hast.
Its wadis were coveted by the tribes of the desert; the well-watered valley of the Arnon attracted more powerful foes.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations
The slopes were swept by machine-gun and rifle fire, and the beds of the wadis were enfiladed.With the British Army in The Holy Land
Henry Osmond Lock
- a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season
C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for wadis
"watercourse," 1839, from Arabic wadi "seasonal watercourse," prop. participle of wada "it flowed."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A gully or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
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