distributary

[dih-strib-yoo-ter-ee]

Origin of distributary

First recorded in 1535–45; distribute + -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for distributary

distributary

noun plural -taries
  1. one of several outlet streams draining a river, esp on a delta
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distributary in Science

distributary

[dĭ-strĭbyə-tĕr′ē]
  1. A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.
  2. One of the channels in a braided stream.
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