wadi

noun
wa·​di | \ ˈwä-dē How to pronounce wadi (audio) \

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

Examples of wadi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fresh air, the space while clambering over rocks in a wadi, or valley, and the austere style of the Bear Grylls camp appears for now to offer the opposite of that. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "UAE sheikhdom hopes Bear Grylls camp draws pandemic tourists," 9 Oct. 2020 The fresh air, the space while clambering over rocks in a wadi, or valley, and the austere style of the Bear Grylls camp appears for now to offer the opposite of that. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "UAE sheikhdom hopes Bear Grylls camp draws pandemic tourists," 9 Oct. 2020 Another of Bogaczewicz’s photographs captures a Saudi family having a picnic under a highway overpass, much as their bedouin ancestors might have stopped their caravansary by a desert wadi to have a meal. Wired, "Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient," 26 Nov. 2019 Laughter of couples crossing the lawn, sinking into the darkness of the wadi. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 But in the late 1800s, the Ottoman Empire began a new settlement at Jerash, mostly on the eastern bank of the wadi, on top of the ancient remains of that half of the city. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Decades of aerial photos reveal how an ancient desert city got its water," 30 May 2018 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

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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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wadi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wadi. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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