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tributary

[ trib-yuh-ter-ee ]
/ ˈtrɪb yəˌtɛr i /
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noun, plural trib·u·tar·ies.
a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.
a person or nation that pays tribute in acknowledgment of subjugation or the like.
adjective
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Origin of tributary

1325–75; Middle English (adj. and noun) <Latin tribūtārius of tribute, one who pays tribute. See tribute, -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM tributary

trib·u·tar·i·ly, adverbnon·trib·u·tar·y, adjectiveun·trib·u·tar·i·ly, adverbun·trib·u·tar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tributary

tributary
/ (ˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -taries
a stream, river, or glacier that feeds another larger one
a person, nation, or people that pays tribute
adjective
(of a stream, etc) feeding a larger stream
given or owed as a tribute
paying tribute

Derived forms of tributary

tributarily, adverb
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Scientific definitions for tributary

tributary
[ trĭbyə-tĕr′ē ]

A stream that flows into a river, a larger stream, or a lake.
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