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[ wah-dee ]
/ ˈwɑ di /

noun, plural wa·dies.


Nearby words

wading pool, wadmal, wadna, wadset, wadsworth, wady, wae, waesucks, waf, wafd, wafer

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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.

Origin of wadi

First recorded in 1830–40, wadi is from the Arabic word wādī Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for wady



/ (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 wady



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for wady


[ wädē ]

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