oxbow

[ oks-boh ]
/ ˈɒksˌboʊ /

noun

a U-shaped piece of wood placed under and around the neck of an ox with its upper ends in the bar of the yoke.
Physical Geography, Geology.
  1. a bow-shaped bend in a river, or the land embraced by it.
  2. Also called oxbow lake . a bow-shaped lake formed in a former channel of a river.

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Origin of oxbow

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at ox, bow2
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British Dictionary definitions for oxbow

oxbow
/ (ˈɒksˌbəʊ) /

noun

a U-shaped piece of wood fitted under and around the neck of a harnessed ox and attached to the yoke
Also called: oxbow lake, cutoff a small curved lake lying on the flood plain of a river and constituting the remnant of a former meander
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for oxbow

oxbow
[ ŏksbō′ ]

A sharp, U-shaped bend in a river. The bend is so sharp that only a narrow neck of land is left between the two parts of the river.
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