Definition of oxbow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒksbəʊ/


1A loop formed by a horseshoe bend in a river.
Example sentences
  • Most of the lakes of Jammu & Kashmir are remnants of ancient oxbows created by numerous rivers as they meandered within the valleys.
  • Population A was located adjacent to an oxbow of the Bowie River, in Forest County, Mississippi.
  • In essence, the stream follows a lower, more confined route, whilst a series of meandering high-level oxbows provide convenient bypasses.
1.1 short for oxbow lake.
Example sentences
  • The minnow's range likely ebbed as insulated oxbows and shallow pools gradually disappeared.
  • Horseshoe Lake was an oxbow of the Mississippi River.
2A U-shaped collar of an ox-yoke.
Example sentences
  • A yoke is a heavy wooden frame or oxbow used to harness a team of oxen.
  • It is held on the animals' necks by an oxbow, usually U-shaped, that also transmits force from the animals' shoulders.
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