Definitions for sahelsəˈheɪl, -ˈhil
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the arid area in the southern Sahara that stretches across six countries from Senegal to Chad.
Category: Geography (places)
a region in Africa, between the Sahara to the north and a more humid zone (Sudan) to the south.
Origin: From Arabic sahil "border of the desert".
The Sahel[p] is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition, in Africa, between the Sahara desert to the north and the Sudanian Savannas to the south, having a semi-arid climate. It stretches across the north of the African continent between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea. The Arabic word sāḥil literally means "shore, coast" as describing the appearance of the vegetation of the Sahel as a coastline which delimits the sand of the Sahara. The Sahel covers parts of Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, southern Algeria and Niger, central Chad, southern Sudan, northern South Sudan and Eritrea.
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