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[an-uh-branch, -brahnch]
  1. a stream branching off from a river and rejoining it further downstream.
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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.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

    Thomas Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for anabranch


  1. a stream that leaves a river and enters it again further downstream
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Word Origin for anabranch

C19: from ana (stomosing) branch
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