noun \ˈbī-(ˌ)ü, -(ˌ)ō\

: an area of water in the southern U.S. in which the water moves very slowly and is filled with many plants

Full Definition of BAYOU

:  a creek, secondary watercourse, or minor river that is tributary to another body of water
:  any of various usually marshy or sluggish bodies of water

Examples of BAYOU

  1. <a small creek that is the bayou of a larger stream>

Origin of BAYOU

Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk
First Known Use: 1763

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Still or slow-moving section of marshy water, usually a creek, secondary watercourse, or minor river that is a tributary of another river or channel. It may occur in the form of an oxbow lake. Bayous are typical of Louisiana's Mississippi River delta.


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