billabong

billabong
/bil"euh bawng', -bong'/, n. Australian.
1. a branch of a river flowing away from the main stream but leading to no other body of water; a blind or dead-end channel.
2. a creek bed holding water only in the rainy season; a dried-up watercourse.
3. a stagnant backwater or slough formed by receding floodwater.
[1830-40; < Wiradjuri bilaban creek that runs only during the rainy season, equiv. to bila river + ban poss. suffix]

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