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[uh-chaf-uh-lahy-uh] /əˌtʃæf əˈlaɪ ə/
a river in S central Louisiana, flowing S to an inlet (Atchafalaya Bay) on the Gulf of Mexico; a heavily engineered distributary of the Mississippi. 225 miles (362 km). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • During the Civil War, we are told, the Atchafalaya could be bridged by three carts, so that soldiers could cross.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • The name of this bayou is Atchafalaya, or as it is commonly called, Chaffalio.

  • They proceeded up the Atchafalaya, and on the 14th found the enemy.

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • All day long we have voyaged along the Atchafalaya with a wind from—where?

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • The latter pressed on toward Alexandria, while the gunboats pushed their way up the Atchafalaya.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • How would you like to rule the house of the richest planter on Atchafalaya—eh?

    The Octoroon Dion Boucicault
  • It is an almost immeasurable plain of grass, extending from the Atchafalaya on the north, to the Gulf of Mexico, on the south.

  • Bay on Salle is a small stream flowing into the bay of Atchafalaya.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • So we make way for the bright and happy story of how Françoise made Evangeline's journey through the dark wilds of Atchafalaya.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana George Washington Cable
  • His two next letters were written from Brashear City on the Atchafalaya river, but contained no explanation of his presence there.

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