Definition of distributary in English:

distributary

Line breaks: dis¦tribu|tary
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɪbjʊt(ə)ri
 
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noun (plural distributaries)

  • A branch of a river that does not return to the main stream after leaving it (as in a delta).
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    • The water mass consists of tiny hilly streams, winding seasonal creeks, muddy canals, some truly magnificent rivers and their tributaries and distributaries.
    • The seven forests are on old levee ridges associated with past distributaries of the Mississippi River.
    • It is the artery that provides life itself, as do its tributaries and distributaries, whether irrigation systems or natural deltas.

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