Definition of distributary in English:

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distributary

Pronunciation: /dəˈstribyo͞oˌterē/

noun (plural distributaries)

A branch of a river that does not return to the main stream after leaving it (as in a delta).
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.

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Syllabification: dis·trib·u·tar·y

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