Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Australian A dead-end channel extending from the main stream of a river.
  • n. Australian A streambed filled with water only in the rainy season.
  • n. Australian A stagnant pool or backwater.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stagnant pool of water.
  • n. A streambed that is only filled with water during the rainy season.
  • n. A channel that dead-ends which extends from the main part of a river.
  • n. An oxbow lake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Australia, a blind channel leading out from a river; -- sometimes called an anabranch. This is the sense of the word as used in the Public Works Department; but the term has also been locally applied to mere back-waters forming stagnant pools and to certain water channels arising from a source.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Australia, a stream which flows away from the main stream (in some cases returning to it at a farther point); an effluent. Also billibong, billybong.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a branch of a river made by water flowing from the main stream only when the water level is high
  • n. a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently

Etymologies

Wiradhuri (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) bilaba┼ő, watercourse filled only after rain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Wiradhuri bilabang (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A fossicker is one who goes along the river banks panning for gold, and a billabong is a water-hole or washing place.

    Australia Looks Ahead

  • Police divers had been working their way through the billabong, which is about 25 metres wide at its widest point and around 800 metres long, at Kialla West, near Shepparton.

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  • Keep her going! "and Billy kept her going to such purpose that by sun-up the billabong was a banker, Cheon was moving over the face of the earth with the buoyancy of a child's balloon, and Billy had five inches of rain to his credit.

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  • At least tell us you were hit by a stray billabong and ended up in a coma, or you had a fight with a shark/croc/roo or something and you're only just able to hit the keys again.

    Procrastination

  • "Scientists have discovered three new species of Australian dinosaur discovered in a prehistoric billabong in Western Queensland."

    Howard Hughes vs. the Murlocs

  • Here they are with their little dog, rowing on the billabong, not far from the pretty homestead on the far shore.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The same rowing boat may be seen on the billabong to the left, this time carrying a party of five ladies, maybe some of Sophie Pearson's many younger sisters.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • It would be the same thing, a white person and another white person on the ticket. billabong

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  • I just finished a draft of a novel, working title, "Waltzing Mathilda" - and yes there is a ghost and a billabong involved!

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  • If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, there is nothing preventing her from still running in the General Election in November, she just wouldn't be able to have the words "Democratic Party" by her name on the ballot. billabong

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