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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.]
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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)
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
'Ang information ko, nakikiusap sya (Duque) sa mga kaalyado ng dating Pangulong Arroyo na magkaroon ng pagpupulong sa mga kongresista .
"Perhaps no otherchief executivein our history comes close to president Arroyo's exampleofcarrying out decisive actions evenif such actions would prove to be unpopular," Duterte said in a speech at The Manila Hotel on Tuesday night during an appreciation dinner hosted by Arroyo's colleagues in the 17th Congress.
President Duterte is determined to emulate the "strong-willed leadership and decisive governance" of former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to promote peace and progress in the country.
Arroyo earlier said there were several unserved routes in the Roro system.
Manila: The son of former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has filed her certificate of candidacy for a congressional seat in 2016, following her backing from a United Nations panel, which said her hospital detention for alleged corruption violated her human rights.
Thaddeus Arroyo to lead Iusacell as its chief executive officer.
A Philippine court entered a not guilty plea Monday for former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on charges she misused $8.8 million in state lottery funds in the third corruption case against her.