Sahel definitions

sə-hāl', -hēl'
A semiarid region of north-central Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Since the 1960s it has been afflicted by prolonged periods of extensive drought.
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Region in NC Africa, south of the Sahara, characterized by periodic drought.
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Origin of sahel

Arabic sāḥil coast, shore (of the Sahara) Swahili