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dɪˈstrɪb yʊˌtɛr idis·tribu·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distributarynoun

    a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it

Wiktionary

  1. distributarynoun

    A branch of a river delta; a channel that distributes a river's waters into the sea, as with the Atchafalaya River of the Mississippi.

    Etymology: dis- + tribute + -ary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distributaryadjective

    tending to distribute or be distributed; that distributes; distributive

Freebase

  1. Distributary

    A distributary, or a distributary channel, is a stream that branches off and flows away from a main stream channel. They are a common feature of river deltas. The phenomenon is known as river bifurcation. The opposite of a distributary is a tributary. Distributaries usually occur as a stream nears a lake or the ocean, but they can occur inland as well, such as in an endorheic basin, or when a tributary stream bifurcates as it nears its confluence with a larger stream. In some cases, a minor distributary can "steal" so much water from the main channel that it can become the main route.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distributary in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distributary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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