Definition of arroyo in English:

arroyo

Syllabification: ar·roy·o
Pronunciation: /əˈroiˌō
 
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noun (plural arroyos)

  • A steep-sided gully cut by running water in an arid or semiarid region.
    More 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Spanish.

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