bayou

[bahy-oo, bahy-oh]
noun, plural bayous. Chiefly Lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf States.
1.
a marshy arm, inlet, or outlet of a lake, river, etc., usually sluggish or stagnant.
2.
any of various other often boggy and slow-moving or still bodies of water.

Origin:
1710–20, Americanism; < Louisiana French, said to be < Choctaw bayuk river forming part of a delta

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bayou (ˈbaɪjuː)
 
n
(in the southern US) a sluggish marshy tributary of a lake or river
 
[C18: from Louisiana French, from Choctaw bayuk]

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bayou
1766, via Louisiana Fr., from Choctaw bayuk "small stream."
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bayou   (bī')  Pronunciation Key 
A sluggish, marshy stream connected with a river, lake, or gulf. Bayous are common in the southern United States.
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bayou [(beye-ooh, beye-oh)]

Term used mainly in Louisiana and Mississippi to describe a swampy, slowly moving or stationary body of water that was once part of a lake, river, or gulf.

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Example sentences
In this quiet fishing village nestled in bayou country, the anger is epidemic.
Caddo is more of a large bayou, composed of many smaller waterways.
It's no wonder she's soon jumping into the bayou, green legs and all.
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