- a stream branching off from a river and rejoining it further downstream.
Origin of anabranch
1825–35; short for anastomotic branch. See anastomosis
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Historical Examples of anabranch
An arm or anabranch, at first containing much water, and coming from the north, was on our right for some miles.
- a stream that leaves a river and enters it again further downstream
Word Origin for anabranch
C19: from ana (stomosing) branch
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