Definitions

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

  • n. A U-shaped piece of wood that fits under and around the neck of an ox, with its upper ends attached to the bar of the yoke.
  • n. A U-shaped bend in a river.
  • n. The land within such a bend of a river.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A U-shaped piece of wood used as a collar for an ox, the upper parts fastened to its yoke
  • n. A meander in a river; the land enclosed by such a loop

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A frame of wood, bent into the shape of the letter U, and embracing an ox's neck as a kind of collar, the upper ends passing through the bar of the yoke; also, anything so shaped, as a bend in a river.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A curved piece of wood the ends of which are inserted into an ox-yoke and held by pins. In use it encircles the neck of the animal. See yoke.
  • n. A bend or reach of a river resembling an ox-bow in form: a use common in New England.

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

  • n. a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox
  • n. a U-shaped curve in a stream
  • n. the land inside an oxbow bend in a river

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  • Over time (decades to centuries) the river course meanders across the floodplain making the várzea an ever-changing and heterogeneous landscape with a diversity of fluvial elements such as oxbow lakes, levees, meander swails, and point bars.

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