Borrowed from French chott, from Arabic شَطّ (šaṭṭ). Some of the alternative forms/synonyms (shatt, shat) derive directly from Arabic.
chott (plural chotts)
- (geology) A dry salt lake, in the Saharan area of Africa, that stays dry in the summer but receives some water in the winter.
^ “chott” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
^ “chott” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
^ shott in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911