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Meaning of BAYOU

Pronunciation:  'bIoo

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)

BAYOU is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: lake



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bay"ou\, n.; pl. {Bayous}. [North Am. Indian bayuk, in F.
spelling bayouc, bayouque.]
An inlet from the Gulf of Mexico, from a lake, or from a
large river, sometimes sluggish, sometimes without
perceptible movement except from tide and wind. [Southern U.

      A dark slender thread of a bayou moves loiteringly
      northeastward into a swamp of huge cypresses. --G. W.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A marshy inlet or outlet of a lake, river, etc.; also a backwater.
Thesaurus Terms
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