Definitions for oxbowˈɒksˌboʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ox•bowˈɒksˌboʊ(n.)

  1. aU-shaped piece of wood placed under and around the neck of an ox with its upper ends in the bar of the yoke.

  2. a bow-shaped bend in a river, or the land embraced by it. Also called ox′bow lake′. a bow-shaped lake formed in a former channel of a river.

    Category: Geology, Geography (terms)

  3. (adj.)having a compound curve with a concave section between two convex ones.

Origin of oxbow:

1325–75

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oxbow(noun)

    the land inside an oxbow bend in a river

  2. oxbow(noun)

    a U-shaped curve in a stream

  3. oxbow(noun)

    a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox

Wiktionary

  1. oxbow(Noun)

    A U-shaped piece of wood used as a collar for an ox, the upper parts fastened to its yoke

  2. oxbow(Noun)

    A meander in a river; the land enclosed by such a loop

Freebase

  1. Oxbow

    An oxbow is a U-shaped wooden or metal frame that fits under and around the neck of an ox or bullock, with its upper ends passing through the bar of the yoke and held in place with a metal key, called a bow pin. The wood most often used is hardwood steamed into shape, like elm or hickory and sometimes willow. A ring is attached by a plate to the centre underside of the yoke, to enable a pair of bullocks to be chained to other pairs in a team and thence hitched to the load. When rivers meander and are sometimes cut off from their course, they form an oxbow lake which is so named because of the distinctive "U" shape.

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