nullah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nullah a ravine or gully in southern Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nullah A water course, esp. a dry one; a gully; a gorge; -- orig. an East Indian term.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nullah In the East Indies, a watercourse: commonly used for the dry bed of a stream.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nullah nul′a a dry water-course.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. nālā, fr. Skr. nāla, tube

Usage

In literature:

The Turkish losses in the nullah and ravine are estimated at 1,500 to 2,000 dead.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
The shikargah on the enemy's left was more extensive, and, though free from nullahs, very strong.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
In vain Captain Loch endeavoured to force his way across the nullah or trench.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Though our men were falling thickly around, two more attempts were made to get across that horrible nullah.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then everyone went home leaving, no doubt, a dozen Arabs chuckling in some nullah lower down.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
This made us hurry still more, then the nullah had to be crossed to the south side.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
They were in a khor, or nullah, into which we had to drop, and they lined it twenty deep in places.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
A common method of duelling was the exchange of blows from a nullah.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
A half company was posted in a nullah near the railway.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
It was a steep gully, a kind of nullah.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
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In poetry:

No doubt they suit you best—although
They woo you roughly it is said:
Their way of courtship is a blow
Struck with a nullah on the head.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
The wallaroos grope through the tufts of the grass,
And turn to their coverts for fear;
But he sits in the ashes and lets them pass
Where the boomerangs sleep with the spear -
With the nullah, the sling and the spear.
"The Last Of His Tribe" by Henry Kendall