- a bow-shaped bend in a river, or the land embraced by it.
- Also called oxbow lake. a bow-shaped lake formed in a former channel of a river.
Examples from the Web for oxbow
Oxbow lakes are common, but gorges and waterfalls are absent.Geology|William J. Miller
During her stay at the great school, she made but one visit to Oxbow Village.The Guardian Angel|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The smallest Bunker really had succeeded in getting everybody at Oxbow Bend very much stirred up.Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's|Laura Lee Hope
The day before the race the small boys made a grand stand at the Oxbow for the spectators.
Longfellow, I believe, is not yet at the Oxbow, else the winged horse would neigh at him.Typee|Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for oxbow
Word Origin and History for oxbow
also ox-bow, mid-14c., "wooden collar for an ox," from ox + bow (n.1). Meaning "semicircular bend in a river" is from 1797, American English (New England); meaning "curved lake left after an oxbow meander has been cut off by a change in the river course" is from 1898. The reference is to similarity of shape.