[ US /ˈbaɪu/ ]
[ UK /bˈa‍ɪuː/ ]
  1. a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)
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How To Use bayou In A Sentence

  • The San Marco glided into a bayou, -- under a high wharfing of timbers, where a bearded fisherman waited, and a woman. Chita: a Memory of Last Island
  • Bayou vampires and New York City vampires and Elvis Presley tribute artists and tiny vampires with thyroid imbalances wearing herringbone fezzes. Will Durst: Vampire Nation
  • The Bayou Pierre, three hundred feet wide and too deep to ford, leaves the Red River a few miles below Shreveport, and after a long course, in which it frequently expands into lakes, returns to its parent stream three miles above Grand Ecore, dividing the pine-clad hills on the west from the alluvion of the river on the east. Destruction and Reconstruction: Personal Experiences of the Late War
  • Dozens of wide-eyed fishermen have called to share stories of giant catfish or gar taken from local bayous, golf-course ponds and neighborhood lakes.
  • Bayou La Fourche in Louisiana have the same 'lampion' light! The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy
  • To think of an obscure little Acadian bayou waking to flow the first thing in the morning not only through banks of new-blown morning-glories, but sown also to its depths with such reflections as must make it think itself a bayou in heaven, instead of in Paroisse Balcony Stories
  • The bayou is a French word meaning slow-moving waterway. Archive 2010-05-01
  • One has to read through some 23 paragraphs of Shiny Happy People text in Jodi S. Cohen's Back to books in the bayou article published in yesterday's Chicago Tribune before coming across the following: Can Tulane Law Library Survive?
  • The rain becomes torrential as I drive through the vast wetlands of the Bayou.
  • Creeks, sloughs, bayous, and swamps, including a large cypress swamp at the base of Crowley's Ridge, ran around the town.
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