Definition of billabong in English:


Syllabification: bil·la·bong
Pronunciation: /ˈbiləˌbôNG


A branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool, made by water flowing from the main stream during a flood.
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  • The water level in the billabong was high, too high for fishing, said the old ladies.
  • On the plains, the banks of rivers and billabongs were festooned with tall reeds and wild tangles of coolabah, swamp oak and river gum roots.
  • They are the least known of any Australian turtle species as they lead secret lives in billabongs and river systems, far from the rest of the world.


mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri bilabang (originally as the name of the Bell River, New South Wales), from billa 'water' + bang 'channel that is dry except after rain'.

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