Definition of winterbourne in English:


Syllabification: win·ter·bourne
Pronunciation: /ˈwin(t)ərˌbôrn


A stream, typically on chalk or limestone, that flows only after wet weather.
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  • The ecology of true winterbournes results from their transient nature and information on their ecology is limited.
  • Exceptional periods of rain can cause groundwater flooding from springs and winterbournes which inundate roads and overwhelm drainage systems.
  • The winterbournes were flowing from the chalk uplands of Wessex.


Old English winterburna (see winter, burn2).

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