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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.]
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(Physical Geography) (in the southern US) a sluggish marshy tributary of a lake or river
[C18: from Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk]
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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]
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A sluggish, marshy stream connected with a river, lake, or gulf. Bayous are common in the southern United States.
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bayou[ˈbaɪjuː] N (US) → pantanos mpl
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