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A ravine or gully, especially in southern Asia.

[Bengali and Hindi nālā, channel, nullah, and similar forms in other Indic languages, all from Middle Indic nāḷa, nāla, hollow stalk, tube, from Sanskrit nāḍaḥ, from naḍaḥ, reed, variant (perhaps influenced by Dravidian words akin to Kannada naḷ, reed) of nadaḥ; akin to Persian nay, reed, flute, Armenian net, arrow, and Hittite nātaš, reed, arrow, and perhaps further akin to Sanskrit nadati, he roars, howls, cries.]
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(Physical Geography) a stream or drain
[C18: from Hindi nālā]
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or na•la

(ˈnʌl ə)

n., pl. -lahs or -las. (esp. in S Asia)
a gully or ravine.
[1770–80; < Hindi nālā brook, ravine]
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Noun1.nullah - a ravine or gully in southern Asia
vale, valley - a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
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This family, however, again rehomed Nala to an apartment-living friend three months ago, who subsequently, and unceremoniously dumped Nala at night in the carpark of their building.
These are the youngest gravel deposits, which have been deposited by the nalas and their tributaries along the present day flow track.
It may be noted the provincial government during the concluding months of last budget the KMC was gives Rs500 million for cleanliness of their nalas. The DMCs were also given Rs100 million each for cleansing of their nalas.
Speaking on Gujjar Nala, Jam Khan said that around 13000 units established along the nala have been removed and the width of the nala which had reduced to four feet have been widened.
He said that de-silting work on four nalas, Orangi, Gujjar, Chokar and kalri has been started.
He got down from his jeep at Boating Basin and Qayoomabad nalas where de-slitting was done.
The meeting discussed matters related to cleanliness of nalas and strengthening of embankments of River Indus.
The nalas which had width of over 30 feet have now reduced to seven to eight feet because people have constructed their houses on and along them.
This he said while presiding over an emergent meeting here at CM House Monday on cleanliness of nalas and strengthening of embankments of River Indus.
On this the Chief Minister said that he has reports that encroachments have started emerging along the nalas and embankments of canals in Hyderabad division.