winterbourne

[ win-ter-bawrn, -bohrn, -boo rn ]
/ ˈwɪn tərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn, -ˌbʊərn /

noun

a channel filled only at a time of excessive rainfall.

Origin of winterbourne

before 950; Old English winterburna (not recorded in ME). See winter, burn2
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winterbourne

/ (ˈwɪntəˌbɔːn) /

noun

a stream flowing only after heavy rainfall, esp in winter

Word Origin for winterbourne

Old English winterburna; see winter, burn ²
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