noun bay·ou \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
BAYOU Defined for Kids


noun bay·ou \ˈbī-ü, -ō\

Definition of BAYOU for Kids

:  a body of water (as a creek) that flows slowly through marshy land


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