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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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
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, 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 24 Jul. 2021.

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