Definition of Bayou

1. Noun. A swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana).

Generic synonyms: Lake



Definition of Bayou

1. n. An inlet from the Gulf of Mexico, from a lake, or from a large river, sometimes sluggish, sometimes without perceptible movement except from tide and wind.

Definition of Bayou

1. Noun. A slow-moving, often stagnant creek or river. ¹

2. Noun. A swamp, a marshy (stagnant) body of water. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bayou

1. a marshy body of water [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bayou

1. A marshy inlet or outlet of a lake, river, etc., also a backwater. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bayou

baylike
baylisascariasis
baylissite
bayman
baymen
bayonet
bayonet forceps
bayonet hair
bayoneted
bayoneting
bayonetings
bayonets
bayonetted
bayonetting
bayonettings
bayou (current term)
bayous
bayplan
bayplans
bays
bayside
bayt
bayted
bayting
bayts
baywood
baywoods
baza
bazaar
bazaarlike

Literary usage of Bayou

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"horses and men, and arrived at bayou Boeuf л 4:20 p. M., having driven in the pickets of รน enemy for six miles. I at once took possess'. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The Amite River is to be cleared of obstructions for 110 miles above its mouth and its channel deepened and widened for 44 miles. bayou Manchac is to be ..."

3. Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York by Solomon Northup (1855)
"IN the month of June, 1852, in pursuance of a previous contract, Mr. Avery, a carpenter of bayou Rouge, commenced the erection of a house for Master Epps. ..."

4. The Progress of America, from the Discovery by Columbus to the Year 1846 by John Macgregor (1847)
"This outlet is at the head of bayou Pierre, which conveys from the main river ... bayou Pierre, which vies with the main channel in the copiousness of its ..."

5. Geology and Agriculture by Louisiana Geological Survey (1902)
"When the bayou is high the whole lick is under water and to prevent the influx ... At the point where the escarpment south of Lower lick reaches the bayou, ..."

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