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Wadi (WAH-dee)

A gully, or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.

Common clue: Dry streambed

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 35024 / 86800

A wadi is a dry riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain. Compare arroyo (creek).

Wadi Rum, Jordan

The term "Wadi" is very widely found in Arabic place names. Wadis tend to be associated with centers of human population because of the availability of sub-surface water.

Crossing wide wadis at certain times of the year can be very dangerous, because of unexpected flash floods. Such flash floods cause numerous deaths each year in Saudi Arabia and many other Middle Eastern countries.

The North African equivalent term is oued, although it is also used to refer to true rivers.



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