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arroyo Line breaks: ar¦royo
Pronunciation: /əˈrɔɪəʊ/

Definition of arroyo in English:

noun (plural arroyos)

A steep-sided gully formed by the action of fast-flowing water in an arid or semi-arid region, found chiefly in the south-western US.
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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