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.

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 lake

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
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Science definitions for oxbow lake (1 of 2)

oxbow lake


A crescent-shaped lake formed when a river changes its course and cuts through the strip of land in the middle of an oxbow, abandoning its previous course and isolating the water in the oxbow.

Science definitions for oxbow lake (2 of 2)

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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