from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The depression surrounding a salt marsh or lake, especially in North Africa.
  • noun The bed of a dried salt marsh.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Arabic šaṭṭ, bank, coast, from šaṭṭa, to exceed, deviate; see śṭṭ in Semitic roots.]


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  • It was the flamingoes rising and flying over the chott, the one daily phenomenon of the desert which the woman on the roof still loved to watch.

    The Golden Silence 1901

  • Maïeddine to reach there first, so they stopped by the chott, and lunched from a smartly fitted picnic-basket Lady MacGregor had brought.

    The Golden Silence 1901

  • Just as he came in sight of the great chott between Biskra and

    The Golden Silence 1901

  • There was a _chott_, or dried desert lake, glistening white and livid blue, full of ghostly reflections, to cross; but once on the other side all the poetic romance of fairy gardens and magic mirrors vanished.

    A Soldier of the Legion 1889


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