[an-uh-branch, -brahnch]


a stream branching off from a river and rejoining it further downstream.

Origin of anabranch

1825–35; short for anastomotic branch. See anastomosis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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