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

  • A river of south-central Louisiana flowing about 362 km (225 mi) into Atchafalaya Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • n. River in Louisiana, major distributary of the Mississippi River.


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  • It took me under a half hour to meet the sheriff at an airboat dock on the edge of the great watery expanse known as the Atchafalaya Basin, and it took even less time to cross a wide, flat bay dimpled with raindrops and enter a bayou that wound between flooded gum and willow trees from which flocks of egrets rose clattering into the sky.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • A few years ago the Atchafalaya was a stream which could be waded across, but owing to the current gradually going through it, it commenced to wash out until now it has got to be a stream 100 feet deep.

    Black and White

  • Atchafalaya, which is here about six hundred yards wide, was crossed by a bridge of transport steamers moored side by side; an idea of

    The Gulf and Inland Waters The Navy in the Civil War. Volume 3.

  • The Atchafalaya was the key to the puzzle, and to that quarter attention was early directed, yet for a long time the difficulties encountered in finding a way to the Atchafalaya seemed well-nigh insuperable.

    History of the Nineteenth Army Corps

  • The Atchafalaya is the heartbeat of Cajun society in America. Top headlines

  • The Atchafalaya is a distributary of the Mississippi River, a channel of the river that drains into the Gulf of Mexico west of the main channel.

    NASA Earth Observatory

  • I wonder how many Texan's can pronounce "Atchafalaya" correctly, i.e., where do you put the accent!

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  • I stand corrected as I do believe that Ms. Christene Carey's pronounciation of "Atchafalaya"

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  • By Sunday, some areas were virtually empty as the water from the Mississippi River, swollen by snowmelt and heavy rains, slowly rolled across the Atchafalaya River basin.

    As water creeps closer, residents warned: Get out

  • Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Wildlife rehabilitator Donna Gee handed one of three ospreys that were rescued months ago as chicks from rising floodwaters of the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers to be released back into the wild in Cow Island Lake, La., July 19.

    Record Flooding in Photos


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