[ uh-chaf-uh-lahy-uh ]

  1. a river in S central Louisiana, flowing S to an inlet (Atchafalaya Bay ) on the Gulf of Mexico; a heavily engineered distributary of the Mississippi. 225 miles (362 km).

Words Nearby Atchafalaya Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Atchafalaya in a sentence

  • Below this bayou, another of large dimensions breaks forth on the same side, and finally falls into the Atchafalaya.

  • His two next letters were written from Brashear City on the Atchafalaya river, but contained no explanation of his presence there.

  • During the Civil War, we are told, the Atchafalaya could be bridged by three carts, so that soldiers could cross.

    The houseboat book | William F. Waugh
  • An Ohio party paid $100 an acre for 100 acres here in this Atchafalaya country the other day.

    The houseboat book | William F. Waugh
  • The wind was as often contrary as favorable, and we labored up the Atchafalaya till we got to Red River.

    The houseboat book | William F. Waugh