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Dictionary Definition

billabong

Noun

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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Wiradhuri bilabang

Pronunciation

Noun

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

Extensive Definition

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".

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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
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