wa·di | \ ˈwä-dē \

Definition of wadi 

1 : the bed or valley of a stream in regions of southwestern Asia and northern Africa that is usually dry except during the rainy season and that often forms an oasis : gully, wash

2 : a shallow usually sharply defined depression in a desert region

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The spring that filled the Birketein reservoir, where modern residents swim, would have supplied about a quarter of the ancient city, along with water from upstream in the wadi. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Decades of aerial photos reveal how an ancient desert city got its water," 30 May 2018 One geologist, Ernie Berg, noticed that a wadi, or ancient riverbed, took a mysterious turn. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 In northern Jordan, along a wadi once called the Golden River, the ancient city of Jerash sits uneasily alongside its modern namesake. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Decades of aerial photos reveal how an ancient desert city got its water," 30 May 2018 Hayonim Cave in Western Galilee, Israel, overlooks the right bank of a large wadi a few miles from the Mediterranean shore. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early Middle-Eastern culture had a thing for gazelle scapula," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of wadi

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wadi

Arabic wādi

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