billabong

noun
bil·​la·​bong | \ ˈbi-lə-ˌbȯŋ How to pronounce billabong (audio) , -ˌbäŋ \

Definition of billabong

1 Australia
a : a blind channel leading out from a river
b : a usually dry streambed that is filled seasonally
2 Australia : a backwater forming a stagnant pool

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taking a break from our trek through the outback, we bathed our tired feet in the still waters of a billabong
Recent Examples on the Web Recreation in the summer shrinks to barbecues, swimming in the billabong, and drinking stubbies, or bottles of beer, on Big Red under the stars. Clarissa Sebag-montefiore, New York Times, "How Does an Australian Town of 100 Attract Tourists? A Music Festival and Camel Pie," 1 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of billabong

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for billabong

Wiradhuri (Australian aboriginal language of central New South Wales) bilabaŋ

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The first known use of billabong was in 1861

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“Billabong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billabong. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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