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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)
References in classic literature ?
WE had powerful good luck; because we got a chance in a stern-wheeler from away North which was bound for one of them bayous or one-horse rivers away down Louisiana way, and so we could go all the way down the Upper Mississippi and all the way down the Lower Mississippi to that farm in Arkansaw without having to change steamboats at St.
For hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman; tricks which they will have less need to practise in Louisiana bayous.
And the next day or the next we can sail to the Bayou Brulow," he went on.
Pe, a seventh-generation resident like many others who live among the bayous of southeastern Louisiana, adds that this project is an important first step, but much more must be done to restore the wetlands.
Mike Tidwell is a travel writer who hitchhiked his way down the bayous of Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico to learn about life among the Cajun fishermen and shrimpers.
There were large amounts of debris and vegetation litter deposited along the Ridge, and along the banks of canals and bayous.
In this unparalleled birding adventure story, Tim Gallagher takes us across the country, from the renowned Cornell Lab in Ithaca, New York, to the Big Thicket country of east Texas, the Atchafalaya Swamp in Louisiana, and the wild bayous of Arkansas.
Laraine Elizabeth Turner LAUSD-Magnet Teacher Rises to the Occasion with a Book about the Bayous.
More than 4000 feet of boom has been deployed in the water to protect the bayous and Intracoastal Waterway, but so far no oil release or pollution has been detected.