bay·ou (bī, bīō)
1. A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.
2. A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.
[Louisiana French bayouque, bayou, ultimately (probably via Mobilian Jargon, a pidgin based on Choctaw and Chickasaw used along the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico from colonial times until the 1900s) from Choctaw bayuk, creek, river forming part of a delta.]
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