American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.
- n. A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the southern United States, the outlet of a lake, or one of the several outlets of a river through its delta; a sluggish watercourse.
- n. An abandoned portion of a river-channel forming a lake or swamp following the general course of the main stream: a special case of “ox-bow lake.” The bayous of the lower Mississippi river are typical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Southern U. S. 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.
- n. a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)
- Cajun French bayou, from Choctaw bayuk ("creek"). (Wiktionary)
- Louisiana French bayouque, bayou, possibly from Choctaw bayuk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bayou is a French word meaning slow-moving waterway.”
“It's what they call a bayou in parts of Louisiana and Texas.”
“State had something this big to celebrate, Dale Brown was storming the sidelines in bayou country.”
“It wasn't until Favre went to Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg when he became known as a bayou gunslinger.”
“A lazy sluggish "bayou" -- as all the small watercourses in this country are Frenchifically termed -- glorying in the name of the "Tensas," runs, or rather creeps, by the door, before which -- on the margin of the stream -- stands one of those grand alluvial oaks which could canopy an army.”
“Because if they don’t, trips like this one to the tip of the bayou will be a distant memory for all generations to come.”
“The rain had slackened, and the light on the bayou was a dense green, the wake from a passing tugboat swelling over the banks into the roots of the cypress and oak trees.”
“The bayou is a fabulous place for secrets and intrigue as Micky learns the hard way while alos a delightful locale for eccentric characters.”
“But a bayou is a singular specific thing, usually with a proper name as well, like a river or a canal.”
“Between the horse stables and the bayou was a white-railed, sloping green pasture containing a fish pond and a small dock.”
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