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wadi

or wa·dy

[wah-dee]
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noun, plural wa·dis. (in Arabia, Syria, northern Africa, etc.)
  1. the channel of a watercourse that is dry except during periods of rainfall.
  2. such a stream or watercourse itself.
  3. a valley.
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Origin of wadi

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

gully, creek, stream, sluice, canal, estuary, aqueduct, brook, channel, flume, conduit, gutter, culvert, inlet, chute, drain, gullet, trench, ravine, river

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British Dictionary definitions for wadis

wadi

wady

noun plural -dies
  1. a watercourse in N Africa and Arabia, dry except in the rainy season
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for wadis

wadi

n.

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

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wadis in Science

wadi

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