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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
also written wady, in some dialects wad; Arabic for a "valley," hence a stream or river flowing through a valley, as well as the valley itself. It is a common term in place names.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Wadi'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/w/wadi.html. 1910.