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distributary

[dih-strib-yoo-ter-ee] /dɪˈstrɪb yʊˌtɛr i/
noun, plural distributaries.
1.
an outflowing branch of a stream or river, typically found in a delta (opposed to tributary).
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; distribute + -ary
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distributary

/dɪˈstrɪbjʊtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
one of several outlet streams draining a river, esp on a delta
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distributary
  (dĭ-strĭb'yə-těr'ē)   
  1. A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.

  2. One of the channels in a braided stream.


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