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The bed or channel in which a river flows.
- ‘I'd never admit it, but I knew that the desert hid old riverbeds that could quickly flood in such a downpour, so it was quite stupid that I was intending to go there.’
- ‘Whether it is a streak of water flowing down a dry riverbed or a cast shadow disrupting the almost monochrome field is unclear.’
- ‘The water that flows over the cascading riverbeds here appears dark copper because the earth is filled with iron.’
- ‘Also, as more water flows, parts of the riverbed break away.’
- ‘His boots tell the tale of countless treks up and down the sunbaked gravel and silt of the Gila's riverbed.’
- ‘Once they receive word that the river has dried, they head out to the riverbed and scoop minnows out of isolated pools.’
- ‘Once a year, like clockwork, the Old Delhi dam is opened, flooding the dry riverbeds.’
- ‘In severe drought years some reaches of the riverbed dried up completely, resulting in lasting habitat damage.’
- ‘He knelt down near the riverbed and put water over his face.’
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