Definition of oxbow in English:

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oxbow

Pronunciation: /ˈäksˌbō/

noun

1A U-shaped bend in the course of a river.
Example sentences
  • But they work fine for most situations, and most species, in East Texas' sluggish rivers, bayous, oxbows and sloughs, too.
  • Although vast numbers of the best big trees went to the sawmill early in the century, many survived, protected by a network of swamps and wild river oxbows.
  • Arctic Village is an assembly of 40-odd spruce-log cabins that overlook the serpentine bends, oxbows, and channels of the East Fork.
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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Syllabification: ox·bow

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