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Arroyo \Ar*roy"o\, n.; pl. Arroyos. [Sp., fr. LL. arrogium; cf. Gr. ? river, stream, fr. ? to flow.]

  1. A water course; a rivulet.

  2. The dry bed of a small stream. [Western U. S.] [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"watercourse, dry streambed," 1845, a California word, from American Spanish, in Spanish, "rivulet, small stream," from Latin arrugia "shaft or pit in a gold mine," apparently a compound of ad- "to" (see ad-) + ruga "a wrinkle" (see rough (adj.)).


n. 1 A dry creek or stream bed, a gulch which temporarily or seasonally fills and flows (after sufficient rain). 2 Any water course; any rivulet (qualifier: whether it flows year-round or only seasonally).


n. a stream or brook

Arroyo -- U.S. Municipio in Puerto Rico
Population (2000): 19117
Housing Units (2000): 7287
Land area (2000): 15.041121 sq. miles (38.956324 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 20.597075 sq. miles (53.346177 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 35.638196 sq. miles (92.302501 sq. km)
Located within: Puerto Rico (PR), FIPS 72
Location: 17.985289 N, 66.056396 W
Arroyo, PR
Arroyo Municipio
Arroyo Municipio, PR
Arroyo (creek)

An arroyo (; , "brook"), also called a wash, is a dry creek, stream bed or gulch that temporarily or seasonally fills and flows after sufficient rain. Flash floods are common in arroyos following thunderstorms. In Latin America any small river might be called an arroyo, even if it flows continually all year and is never dry. The Arabic terms rambla or wadi are used in North Africa and Southwest Asia. Arroyos provide a water source to desert animals.

The desert dry wash biome is restricted to the arroyos of the southwestern United States.


Arroyo is a Spanish word that may refer to:

  • Arroyo (creek), an intermittently dry creek
  • Arroyo (surname)
Arroyo (surname)

Arroyo is a Spanish surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Carlos Arroyo (architect) (born 1964), Spanish architect
  • Eduardo Arroyo, Spanish painter
  • Martina Arroyo, American soprano
  • Joe Arroyo, Colombian musician
  • Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Río (1893–1969), President of Ecuador from 1940 to 1944
  • Carmen E. Arroyo, the first Puerto Rican and Hispanic woman elected to the New York State Assembly
  • PFC Domingo Arroyo, Jr., the first U.S. soldier to be killed in Operation Restore Hope during the Somalian Civil War
  • Felix D. Arroyo, city councilor in Boston, Massachusetts, from January 2003 to January 2008
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former president of the Philippines
  • Iggy Arroyo, member of the Philippine House of Representatives and brother of Jose Miguel Arroyo
  • Joker Arroyo, Philippine senator
  • Jose Miguel Arroyo, former First Gentleman of the Philippines and husband of Gloria Arroyo
  • Mikey Arroyo, son of Jose Miguel and Gloria Arroyo
  • Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo, member of the Philippine House of Representatives and son of Jose Miguel and Gloria Arroyo
  • Ángel Arroyo, Spanish cyclist
  • Bronson Arroyo, pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds
  • Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican professional basketball player
  • David Arroyo, Spanish cyclist
  • Fernando Arroyo, former Major League pitcher
  • Harold Arroyo, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Lenin Arroyo, Costa Rican boxer
  • Luis Arroyo, Major League relief pitcher
  • Raymond Arroyo, Catholic broadcaster

Usage examples of "arroyo".

At fifty, Arroyo looked sleek, slick, and ready for prime time, his razor-cut pompadour in perfect order, glasses lightly tinted, manicured nails buffed to a subtle gloss.

Reverend Arroyo pushed through the crowd, his creamy suit smudged, tie askew.

Tell the law I think Arroyo had his own building bombed as part of a fund-raising scam?

I pieced together from the public records for Detectives Arroyo and De La Rosa.

Detectives Arroyo and De La Rosa provided testimony that convicted those corrupt officers along with the robbers.

During our absence, Arroyo and De La Rosa will continue to practice with the dragon wings and purchase additional ssupplies for three more crewmates.

La Rosa and Arroyo exchanged another look, but instead of amusement, this time their eyes held shocked respect for Sonia.

Taller than Rulagh by three inches, Arroyo flexed his muscled arms and waited with his legs braced for action.

Rodriguez, Senor Arroyo and I have agreed to accept your generous offer of employment.

As they approached the police lines, Reverend Arroyo pushed through the crowd, his creamy suit smudged, tie askew.

In the spring, down below, a new construction crew from Detroit began work on the Arroyo Chapel expansion.

He rolled twice and fell over the edge of the arroyo to the floor thirty feet below.

Laura had gone only twenty yards along the edge of the arroyo, she discovered a wide channel leading straight down to the floor of that dry river, unobstructed by rocks or mesquite.

With the second Uzi held before her in both hands, she sat on the edge of the arroyo and shoved off into the slide that Chris had already used.

The arroyo would have scores of tributaries spread out across the desert, and many of those tributaries would have tributaries of their own.