plural -s
chiefly Africa
: a deep usually dry ditch produced by the washing of heavy rains in a large natural fissure : gully, gulch

Word History


Afrikaans, from Dutch sloot ditch, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German slōt ditch, puddle, bog, Old Frisian slāt, Swedish dialect slota to be putrid, Middle English sloor mud

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“Sluit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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