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n. pl. ar·roy·os
1. A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream; a dry gulch.
2. A brook; a creek.

[Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *arrugius, gold mine, underground passage, variant of Latin arrugia, a galleried mine.]


n, pl -os
(Physical Geography) a steep-sided stream bed that is usually dry except after heavy rain
[C19: from Spanish]


(Biography) Gloria Macapagal. born 1947, Filipino stateswoman; vice-president of the Philippines (1998–2001); president (2001–10)


(əˈrɔɪ oʊ)

n., pl. -os.
(chiefly in southwest U.S.) a small steep-sided watercourse or gulch with a nearly flat floor: usu. dry except after heavy rains.
[1800–10, Amer.; < Sp]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arroyo - a stream or brookarroyo - a stream or brook      
southwestern United States, Southwest - the southwestern region of the United States generally including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, and sometimes Utah and Colorado
gully - deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)
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The deep arroyo through which Squaw Creek wound was now only a cleft between snowdrifts--very blue when one looked down into it.
Few western wonders are more inspiring than the beauties of an Arizona moonlit landscape; the silvered mountains in the distance, the strange lights and shadows upon hog back and arroyo, and the grotesque details of the stiff, yet beautiful cacti form a picture at once enchanting and inspiring; as though one were catching for the first time a glimpse of some dead and forgotten world, so different is it from the aspect of any other spot upon our earth.
Sometimes, having exhausted our supply of wild meat and emptied our casks, we were days without food or drink; then a water-hole or a shallow pool in the bottom of an arroyo so restored our strength and sanity that we were able to shoot some of the wild animals that sought it also.
Near the Arroyo Tapes I heard of a wood of palms; and one of these trees, of considerable size, I saw near the Pan de Azucar, in lat.
The court staffer refused to specify the dates when Arroyo would be traveling to each country.
Florentino-Panglinan, Pampanga Comelec Provincial supervisor said Congresswoman Arroyo will file her COC for Pampanga's 2nd district congressional race thru a staff member of the Lakas-CMD.
Manila: Former President Gloria Arroyo has been cleared of charges of allegedly misusing P728 million (Dh60.
Arroyo, wearing a white neck brace, walked out of the hospital around 2:30 p.
MANILA, Philippines, Dhu-AlHijjah 22, 1432, Nov 18, 2011, SPA -- Authorities charged former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with electoral fraud Friday as part of a high-profile tug of war to keep her in the country and prevent any chance of her turning fugitive, according to AP.
While some residents have enjoyed Arroyo Simi's natural beauty, many more barely know of its existence.
That's how author Raymond Arroyo describes Mother Angelica, the subject of a book that's landed on several bestseller lists, including The New York Times'.
Mother Angelica: The remarkable story of a nun, her nerve and a network of miricles Written by Raymond Arroyo Published by Doubleday, New York, 2005, ISBN: 0-385-51092-6, Hardcover, pp.