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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A sluggish marshy area of water, typically an overflow or tributary to a lake or river.
Via Louisiana French from Choctaw bayuk (small stream). Earliest documented use: 1766.
“The network of navigable bayous and cypress swamps veining the area just outside New Orleans was hospitable territory for escaped slaves.”
Home-Grown and Spirit-Raised; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 22, 2012.
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