riv·​er·​bed | \ ˈri-vər-ˌbed How to pronounce riverbed (audio) \

Definition of riverbed

: the channel occupied by a river

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Four law-enforcement helicopters from Marrakech descended onto the rocky riverbed near the Toubkal trailhead. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 The beetles would not be in the United States if not for the tamarisk that thrives along riverbeds. Washington Post, "Tree-eating beetle gains ground in US West, raising concerns," 26 July 2019 Hema and Lendu militias have been armed in the past by outsiders with an eye on the gold that studs Ituri’s riverbeds and the oil beneath Lake Albert. The Economist, "Killings in Congo’s north-east spark fears of a return to war," 13 July 2019 This area was once called Arroyo Seco—dry riverbed—and is a series of natural launch tubes like a dusty marble run. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016 That’s what happened June 19, when a backpack containing nine commercial mortars was discovered in the San Diego riverbed in the Mission Gorge area. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Officials remind revelers that setting off your own fireworks is illegal — and can be dangerous," 1 July 2019 Some clues as to the cause of the crash might be revealed now that the Mermaid has been recovered from the riverbed. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Before Fatal Boat Crash in Budapest, Safety Warnings Went Unheeded," 11 June 2019 Prior to the state survey, Raines continued his own search for the wreck, enlisting researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to map the contours of the riverbed and detect any submerged objects. National Geographic, "Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama," 22 May 2019 New distilleries and shops line the riverbed, resurrecting more spirits than the famed Bonaventure Cemetery. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of riverbed

1781, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of riverbed

: the ground at the bottom of a river

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