Definition of winterbourne in English:

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winterbourne

Pronunciation: /ˈwin(t)ərˌbôrn/

noun

British
A stream, typically on chalk or limestone, that flows only after wet weather.
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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Syllabification: win·ter·bourne

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