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billabong

[ bil-uh-bawng, -bong ]
/ ˈbɪl əˌbɔŋ, -ˌbɒŋ /
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noun Australian.
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.
a creek bed holding water only in the rainy season; a dried-up watercourse.
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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British Dictionary definitions for billabong

billabong
/ (ˈbɪləˌbɒŋ) /

noun Australian
a backwater channel that forms a lagoon or pool
a branch of a river running to a dead end

Word Origin for billabong

C19: from a native Australian language, from billa river + bong dead
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