Oxbow-lake



[oks-boh] /ˈɒksˌboʊ/

noun
1.
a U -shaped piece of wood placed under and around the neck of an ox with its upper ends in the bar of the yoke.
2.
Physical Geography, Geology.

/ˈɒksˌbəʊ/
noun
1.
a U-shaped piece of wood fitted under and around the neck of a harnessed ox and attached to the yoke
2.
Also called oxbow lake, cutoff. a small curved lake lying on the flood plain of a river and constituting the remnant of a former meander
n.

also ox-bow, mid-14c., “wooden collar for an ox,” from ox + bow (n.1). Meaning “semicircular bend in a river” is from 1797, American English (New England); meaning “curved lake left after an oxbow meander has been cut off by a change in the river course” is from 1898. The reference is to similarity of shape.
oxbow
(ŏks’bō’)
A sharp, U-shaped bend in a river. The bend is so sharp that only a narrow neck of land is left between the two parts of the river.

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