1. In China Ba·bian Jiang (bäbyän jyäng) and in Vietnam Song Da (sông dä) A river of southeast Asia rising in southern China and flowing about 805 km (500 mi) generally southeast to the Red River in northern Vietnam.
2. A river rising in southeast Missouri and flowing about 480 km (300 mi) to the White River in northeast Arkansas.
3. A river of northern New York rising in the Adirondack Mountains and flowing about 190 km (120 mi) to Black River Bay, an inlet of Lake Ontario.
4. A river rising in central Wisconsin and flowing about 260 km (160 mi) generally southwest to the Mississippi River.
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