oxbow

noun ox·bow \ ˈäks-ˌbō \
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018

Definition of oxbow

1 : a U-shaped frame forming a collar about an ox's neck and holding the yoke in place
2 : something (such as a bend in a river) resembling an oxbow

oxbow

adjective

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First Known Use of oxbow

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of oxbow for English Language Learners

  • : a place where a river curves in the shape of a U


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oxbow

noun ox·bow \ ˈäks-ˌbō \

Definition of oxbow for Students

: a bend in a river in the shape of a U

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