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oxbow

[oks-boh] /ˈɒksˌboʊ/
noun
1.
a U -shaped piece of wood placed under and around the neck of an ox with its upper ends in the bar of the yoke.
2.
Physical Geography, Geology.
  1. a bow-shaped bend in a river, or the land embraced by it.
  2. Also called oxbow lake. a bow-shaped lake formed in a former channel of a river.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see ox, bow2
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Examples from the web for oxbow
  • oxbow is such a foodie paradise, you almost expect harps to play and angels to flutter as you enter the building.
  • The river will become straighter and the loop will be left to one side, forming an oxbow lake.
  • oxbow lakes tend to be fairly small in size, as well as irregularly shaped.
  • oxbow repaired the flippers on the longwall supports.
British Dictionary definitions for oxbow

oxbow

/ˈɒksˌbəʊ/
noun
1.
a U-shaped piece of wood fitted under and around the neck of a harnessed ox and attached to the yoke
2.
Also called oxbow lake, cutoff. a small curved lake lying on the flood plain of a river and constituting the remnant of a former meander
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Word Origin and History for oxbow
n.

also ox-bow, mid-14c., "wooden collar for an ox," from ox + bow (n.1). Meaning "semicircular bend in a river" is from 1797, American English (New England); meaning "curved lake left after an oxbow meander has been cut off by a change in the river course" is from 1898. The reference is to similarity of shape.

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oxbow in Science
oxbow
  (ŏks'bō')   
A sharp, U-shaped bend in a river. The bend is so sharp that only a narrow neck of land is left between the two parts of the river.
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