Definition of distributary in English:

distributary

Syllabification: dis·trib·u·tar·y
Pronunciation: /disˈtribyo͝oˌterē
 
/

noun (plural distributaries)

A branch of a river that does not return to the main stream after leaving it (as in a delta).
More example sentences
  • The water mass consists of tiny hilly streams, winding seasonal creeks, muddy canals, some truly magnificent rivers and their tributaries and distributaries.
  • The seven forests are on old levee ridges associated with past distributaries of the Mississippi River.
  • It is the artery that provides life itself, as do its tributaries and distributaries, whether irrigation systems or natural deltas.

More definitions of distributary

Definition of distributary in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day crowdsource
Pronunciation: ˈkraʊdsɔːs
verb
obtain (information) by enlisting help of many people…