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billabong

[bil-uh-bawng, -bong]
noun Australian.
  1. a branch of a river flowing away from the main stream but leading to no other body of water; a blind or dead-end channel.
  2. a creek bed holding water only in the rainy season; a dried-up watercourse.
  3. a stagnant backwater or slough formed by receding floodwater.
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Origin of billabong

1830–40; < Wiradjuri bilabaŋ creek that runs only during the rainy season, equivalent to bila river + baŋ possessive suffix
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Historical Examples of billabong

  • Does he think we've never a scales on Billabong, did ye ask him?

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  • No one can say the Billabong representative doesn't look fit.

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  • "But there never was any union touch about Billabong," said Mrs. Brown.

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  • But I drove the old buggy away from Billabong, and I'll drive home now.

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    Mary Grant Bruce

  • And Billabong has adopted you, and we're going to see that you make a success of things.

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British Dictionary definitions for billabong

billabong

noun Australian
  1. a backwater channel that forms a lagoon or pool
  2. a branch of a river running to a dead end
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Word Origin for billabong

C19: from a native Australian language, from billa river + bong dead
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Word Origin and History for billabong

Australian, "backwater, stagnant pool," 1865, from Billibang, Aboriginal name of Bell River, from billa "water" + bang, of uncertain meaning.

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