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bayou

[ bahy-oo, bahy-oh ]
/ ˈbaɪ u, ˈbaɪ oʊ /
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noun, plural bay·ous.Chiefly Lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf States.
a marshy arm, inlet, or outlet of a lake, river, etc., usually sluggish or stagnant.
any of various other often boggy and slow-moving or still bodies of water.
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Origin of bayou

1710–20, Americanism;<Louisiana French, said to be <Choctaw bayuk river forming part of a delta
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British Dictionary definitions for bayou

bayou
/ (ˈbaɪjuː) /

noun
(in the southern US) a sluggish marshy tributary of a lake or river

Word Origin for bayou

C18: from Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk
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Scientific definitions for bayou

bayou
[ bīōō ]

A sluggish, marshy stream connected with a river, lake, or gulf. Bayous are common in the southern United States.
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Cultural definitions for bayou

bayou
[ (beye-ooh, beye-oh) ]

Term used mainly in Louisiana and Mississippi to describe a swampy, slowly moving or stationary body of water that was once part of a lake, river, or gulf.

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