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Jun 20, 2014
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Words borrowed from Spanish

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camarilla
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arroyo

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with Anu Garg

arroyo

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-ROI-oh)

MEANING:
noun: A narrow, steep-sided watercourse, usually dry except after rain.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Spanish arroyo, from Latin arrugia (mine shaft). Earliest documented use: 1845.

USAGE:
"A wooden bridge took us across an arroyo and into a grassy area."
Gene Sager; In Touch With Nature; Natural Life (Toronto, Canada); Jan/Feb 2014.

See more usage examples of arroyo in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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