Definition of winterbourne in English:

winterbourne

Syllabification: win·ter·bourne
Pronunciation: /ˈwintərˌbôrn
 
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noun

British
  • A stream, typically on chalk or limestone, that flows only after wet weather.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

Old English winterburna (see winter, burn2).

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