Definition of billabong in English:

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billabong

Pronunciation: /ˈbɪləbɒŋ/

noun

Australian
A branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool, made by water flowing from the main stream during a flood.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri bilabang 'channel that is dry except after rain'.

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Line breaks: billa|bong

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