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Syllabification: ar·roy·o
Pronunciation: /əˈroiˌ(y)ō

Definition of arroyo in English:

noun (plural arroyos)

A steep-sided gully cut by running water in an arid or semiarid region.
Example sentences
  • Chaparral is found on north- and east-facing slopes on the side of the island facing the mainland and also in arroyos (dry gullies that carry water after a rain) on the Pacific slopes.
  • The canyons, arroyos and hillsides here all drain down to create Las Virgenes Creek and Las Virgenes runs down to Malibu Creek.
  • The canyons, arroyos, and rincons of the Southwest were the ancestral home of indigenous, prehistoric Pueblo peoples.


mid 19th century: from Spanish.

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