Definitions

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

  • n. A valley, gully, or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
  • n. A stream that flows through such a channel.
  • n. An oasis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A valley, gully, or stream bed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The channel of a watercourse which is dry except in the rainy season; a watercourse; a stream: a term used chiefly in the topography of certain Eastern countries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. gully or streambed in northern Africa and the Middle East that remains dry except during rainy season

Etymologies

Arabic wādi; see wdy in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic وَادٍ (wādin). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Suralichi wadi is served cold or at room temperature, making it the perfect snack for hot days, but of course that should not stop anyone from making/eating it during any other weather.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Suralichi wadi is one of those things that can seem quite difficult to make if one has never made it before but my mother shared her recipe for making it in the microwave oven.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The Amritsari wadi is more complex than our sandage, apart from being huge in comparison!

    Sandage

  • Girgaon comprised Girgaon woods and also boasted of coconut and mango groves and vast areas of plantations called wadi in Marathi.

    Mumbai's 'gaons'

  • The wadi was the smooth roadway that would lead them down on to the flat alluvial plain of the river.

    Warlock

  • Nearby was a dry riverbed, what the locals called a wadi.

    SERPENT

  • I started to move down, and as I did so, the horizon on the opposite side of the wadi was a lot easier to see.

    Bravo-Two-Zero

  • The wadi was a shallow, broad valley a mile and a half east of the waterhole.

    The Fire In His Hands

  • The other bridge across the wadi was a timber bridge, which carried the road.

    With the British Army in The Holy Land

  • It was a thing of arches and windows balanced on an outcrop of striated rock, and looked as if the slightest earth tremor would flip it whole into the valley below; nonetheless, it was a lovely setting, for there was water here, perennial water, and if the higher reaches of the wadi were the standard mixture of rock and scrub, down here there were trees — not a great number, true, but they were actual, recognisable trees.

    O Jerusalem

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