bayou

noun bay·ou \ ˈbī-(ˌ)ü , -(ˌ)ō \

Definition of bayou

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

Examples of bayou in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of bayou

borrowed from Louisiana French, earlier bayouque, perhaps borrowed from early Choctaw *bayok, whence Choctaw bo·k "creek, river"

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bayou

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Definition of bayou for English Language Learners

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


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bayou

noun bay·ou \ ˈbī-ü , \

Definition of bayou for Students

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


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