- 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.
- 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.
Origin of oxbow
Examples from the Web for oxbow
Clement Lindsay had come to Oxbow Village with a single purpose.
But far away in Oxbow Village other events were in preparation.
Oxbow lakes are common, but gorges and waterfalls are absent.Geology
William J. Miller
The drive is a pleasant one, affording a fine view of the Oxbow Rapids and islands and the noble river above.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
George W. Holley
It was built on the east bank of the river, a little above the curve which gave the name to Oxbow Village.
- 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
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.
- 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.