arroyo

noun
ar·​royo | \ə-ˈrȯi-(ˌ)ō, \
plural arroyos

Definition of arroyo 

1 : a watercourse (such as a creek) in an arid region

2 : a water-carved gully or channel

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More than 1,000 different taxonomic categories of California native plants are arranged in displays focused on the state’s geography — from arroyo to redwood, canyon to desert, and meadow to woodland. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Barbara serenity abounds in region’s 5 best public gardens," 14 June 2018 Perhaps farmers had neglected to plow this strip of ground for fear that the arroyo would collapse, but for whatever reason, there was a small population of San Quintín kangaroo rats remaining there. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "This Kangaroo Rat Was Just Spotted For the First Time in 30 years," 1 May 2018 That’s why our day two sighting up the rocky arroyo was such a thrill. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Believe It or Not, You Can Safari in New Mexico," 16 Apr. 2018 So there’s Mars, filling the screen, its reddish desert revealed as a landscape of mountains and valleys that make the Grand Canyon look like a puny arroyo. John Schwartz, New York Times, "At the Hayden Planetarium, a Joyride Across the Cosmos," 9 Mar. 2018 The area is part of an arid empire of Joshua trees, cactus, bobcats, tortoises and kangaroo rats hemmed by steep slopes, dry lakes and arroyos fringed with creosote bush. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "L.A. County set to build its first new freeway in 25 years, despite many misgivings," 10 Feb. 2018 Picnic hideaway: The adjacent arroyo is part of a matrix of other smaller waters, once part of the quarry waterways. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to Shadow Cliffs Lake in Pleasanton," 21 Oct. 2017 Crawling up the dry arroyo, bellies in the dirt like common weasels. Longreads, "And How Much of These Hills Is Gold," 3 Aug. 2017 My folk-song understanding of the river as a timeless tableau of placidity had swiftly been subverted by an appreciation for the arroyo’s defiant fullness — a fullness achieved not in spite of volatility but out of it. Noah Gallagher Shannon, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Arroyos," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of arroyo

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for arroyo

Spanish

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