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Wādī
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(a.), pls. awdiya , awdāʾ , etc., in Syrian colloquial widyān (see A. Barthélemy, Dictionnaire arabe-français . Dialectes de Syrie , Paris 1935-54, 889), in the Arab lands in general, a river valley. The conventional English spelling is wadi.

1. In the Arabian peninsula.

In desert terrain, a wadi is usually dry, but may carry seasonal water, or occasional floods ( sayl ), which are often a mixture of water, mud and stones. These desert valleys are very different in both topography and gradient from those in lands of higher and more regular rainfall; for while it is …

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Brice, W.C., Callot, Y. and Pinilla-Melguizo, R., “Wādī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1324>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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