bayou

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noun bay·ou \ˈbī-(ˌ)ü, -(ˌ)ō\

Definition of bayou

  1. 1 :  a creek, secondary watercourse, or minor river that is tributary to another body of water

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of bayou

Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk


First Known Use: 1763


BAYOU Defined for English Language Learners

bayou

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noun bay·ou \ˈbī-(ˌ)ü, -(ˌ)ō\

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


BAYOU Defined for Kids

bayou

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noun bay·ou \ˈbī-ü, -ō\

Definition of bayou for Students

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



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