1 a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
2 a branch of a river running to a dead end
EtymologyFrom Wiradhuri bilabang
- Rhymes: -ɒŋ
Billabong is an Australian English word meaning a smallish lake, and specifically an oxbow lake, a stagnant pool of water attached to a waterway. Billabongs are usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end. Despite some claims of a Scottish Gaelic origin, the word is most likely from the Wiradjuri term bilabaŋ.
Billabongs appear relatively often in Australian literature. One of the most well-known references is in the opening line of Banjo Paterson's famous poem "Waltzing Matilda".
billabong in German: Billabong
billabong in French: Billabong (Australie)
billabong in Hebrew: בילבונג
billabong in Hungarian: Billabong
billabong in Dutch: Billabong
billabong in Japanese: ビラボン