What does Bayou mean?

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ˈbaɪ u, ˈbaɪ oʊBay·ou

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bayou(noun)

    a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)


  1. bayou(Noun)

    A slow-moving, often stagnant creek or river.

  2. bayou(Noun)

    A swamp, a marshy (stagnant) body of water.

  3. Origin: bayou, from bayuk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bayou(noun)

    an inlet from the Gulf of Mexico, from a lake, or from a large river, sometimes sluggish, sometimes without perceptible movement except from tide and wind


  1. Bayou

    A bayou is a French English term for a body of water typically found in flat, low-lying area, and can refer either to an extremely slow-moving stream or river, or to a marshy lake or wetland. The name "bayou" can also refer to creeks whose water level changes due to tides and which hold brackish water which is highly conducive to fish life and plankton. Bayous are commonly found in the Gulf Coast region of the southern United States, notably the Mississippi River region, with the state of Louisiana being famous for them. A bayou is frequently an anabranch or minor braid of a braided channel that is moving much more slowly than the mainstem, often becoming boggy and stagnant. Though vegetation varies by region, many bayous are home to crawfish, certain species of shrimp, other shellfish, catfish, frogs, toads, American alligators, American crocodiles, herons, turtles, and a myriad of other species. The word was first used by the English in Louisiana and is thought to originate from the Choctaw word "bayuk", which means "small stream". The first settlements of Acadians in southern Louisiana were near Bayou Teche and other bayous, which led to a close association of the bayou with Cajun culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bayou

    bā′ōō, n. name given to the marshy offshoots of lakes and rivers, esp. in North America. [Perh. corrupted from Fr. boyau, gut.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bayou

    A long and narrow place; a branch of a trench in fortification; a hose or leathern pipe; the outlet of a lake; a channel for water.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bayou in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bayou in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Bayou in a Sentence

  1. Boyo Billiot:

    No one likes to leave an area where they have history, a lot of memories, we are people of the bayou. Water has played a central role in who we are.

  2. Rex Hudler:

    The Linda Ronstadt pitch: Blue Bayou (blew by you)

  3. Michael Goldberg:

    Although we have not seen the charges, there is no question that there was a large fire and an enormous effort to extinguish it which resulted in a discharge into Tucker Bayou.

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