resaca

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish resaca, probably from resacar ‎(retake), though possibly from rio seco ‎(dry river) instead.

Noun[edit]

resaca ‎(plural resacas)

  1. A dry river bed, a former channel of the Rio Grande, found in the southern half of Cameron County, Texas.
    • 1911 July, D. W. Stookey, Land Drainage, in The Clay-worker:
      The drainage of the bottoms south of the Arroyo Colorado is inadequately provided for by broad, shallow depressions between the resacas.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Portuguese ressaca.

Noun[edit]

resaca f ‎(plural resacas)

  1. undertow, surf, backwash (outgoing wave)
  2. (commerce) redraft, redrawing
  3. hangover (illness caused by a previous bout of heavy drinking)
  4. silt deposit
  5. (Mexico, US) dry stream bed

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