[ an-uh-branch, -brahnch ]
/ ˈæn əˌbræntʃ, -ˌbrɑntʃ /
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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
Words nearby anabranch
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Example sentences from the Web for anabranch
After passing some gullies, we came into a more broken and hilly country; the river formed here a large anabranch.Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia|Ludwig Leichhardt
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
/ (ˈɑːnəˌbrɑːntʃ) /
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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