AskDefine | Define nullah

Dictionary Definition

nullah n : a ravine or gully in southern Asia

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A stream.
  2. The dry bed of a small stream.
  3. A gorge or ravine.

Extensive Definition

Nullah (Hindi for an arm of the sea, stream, or watercourse), a steep narrow valley. Like the wadi of the Arabs, the nullah is characteristic of mountainous or hilly country where there is little rainfall. In the drier parts of India, and in many parts of Australia there are small steep-sided valleys penetrating the hills, clothed with rough brushwood or small trees growing in the stony soil. During occasional heavy rains torrents rush down the nullahs and quickly disappear. There is little local action upon the sides, while the bed is lowered, and consequently these valleys are narrow and steep.
In Hong Kong, a nullah is typically a concrete lined channel designed to allow rapid run off of storm water from high ground, to prevent flooding of urbanised coastal areas.
nullah in Chinese: 明渠
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