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floodway

[fluhd-wey] /ˈflʌdˌweɪ/
noun
1.
the channel and adjacent shore areas under water during a flood, especially as determined for a flood of a given height.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; flood + way
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floodway
  (flŭd'wā')   
A channel for an overflow of water caused by flooding.
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