wa·di also wa·dy (wädē)
n. pl. wa·dis also wa·dies
a. A valley, gully, or streambed in northern Africa and southwest Asia that remains dry except during the rainy season.
b. A stream that flows through such a channel.
2. An oasis.
[Arabic wādi; see wdy in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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