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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Synonyms for billabong


mere [chiefly British], pool, puddle, stank [British dialect], well

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Examples of billabong in a Sentence

taking a break from our trek through the outback, we bathed our tired feet in the still waters of a billabong

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Cruises operate daily and are a fantastic way to discover the billabong's remarkable flora and fauna. Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017 Located in the heart of the national park, the billabong flows through the region's majestic wetlands, reflecting picture-perfect sunsets in the calm waters. Smithsonian, "Discover more of the Northern Territory's Top End.," 7 Apr. 2017 Then enjoy a sunset or sunrise cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, where crocodiles and birds can be seen amongst lush mangroves, or take a scenic flight over Kakadu's breathtaking wetlands. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 7 Apr. 2017 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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