One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in certain Arabic-speaking countries) a valley, ravine, or channel that is dry except in the rainy season.
- ‘It is at least another day's drive to el Geneina, if the road is not cut by wadis carrying rainwater from the massif of Jebel Marra.’
- ‘Thatched African huts are built on the hillside above the wadi.’
- ‘This rocky terrain is covered with deep wadis that make navigation difficult.’
- ‘The Weib river has become a dusty wadi for the first time in living memory.’
- ‘In the Gaza Strip, runoff water is collected in small wadis and valleys within the area.’
Early 17th century: from Arabic wādī.
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