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bay·ou

 (bī′o͞o, bī′ō)
n.
1. A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.
2. A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.

[Louisiana French bayouque, bayou, ultimately (probably via Mobilian Jargon, a pidgin based on Choctaw and Chickasaw used along the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico from colonial times until the 1900s) from Choctaw bayuk, creek, river forming part of a delta.]

bayou

(ˈbaɪjuː)
n
(Physical Geography) (in the southern US) a sluggish marshy tributary of a lake or river
[C18: from Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk]

bay•ou

(ˈbaɪ u, ˈbaɪ oʊ)

n., pl. -ous.
(in the southern U.S.) a marshy arm of a lake, river, etc., usu. sluggish or stagnant.
[1760–70, Amer.; < Louisiana French, said to be < Choctaw bayuk river forming part of a delta]

bay·ou

(bī′o͞o)
A sluggish, marshy stream connected with a river, lake, or gulf. Bayous are common in the southern United States.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bayou - a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)bayou - a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)
lake - a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
Translations

bayou

[ˈbaɪjuː] N (US) → pantanos mpl

bayou

[ˈbaɪuː] n (= marshy area) → bayou mbay tree nlaurier mbay window nbow-window m

bayou

n (US, of river) → sumpfiger Flussarm; (of lake)sumpfiger Ausfluss (aus einem See)
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