: a river branch flowing away from the main stream
Examples of distributary in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebBy the 1950s, scientists noticed the consequences: more water was going down the Atchafalaya River, a distributary of the Mississippi.
Boyce Upholt, Time, 9 May 2019 Delhi gets its water from the Yamuna river, while Kolkata uses water from the Hooghly river, a distributary of the Ganga.
Sanjana Venkatesan, Quartz India, 2 July 2019 In 1831, a pathway was dredged between a distributary of the Mississippi and the Red, leading to the formation of the present Atchafalaya river channel.
Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 12 Dec. 2017 Saline water has long been invading the delta, but because of the drought there is not enough fresh water in the river and its distributaries to dilute the seawater.
Jane Perlez, New York Times, 28 May 2016
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