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Oct 16, 2018
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Native American languages

This week’s words
cornpone
bayou
sagamore
mugwump
totem

bayou
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bayou

PRONUNCIATION:
(BY-yoo, -oh)

MEANING:
noun: A sluggish marshy area of water, typically an overflow or tributary to a lake or river.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Louisiana French from Choctaw bayuk (small stream). Earliest documented use: 1766.

USAGE:
“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.

See more usage examples of bayou in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A lexicographer's business is solely to collect, arrange, and define the words that usage presents to his hands. He has no right to proscribe words; he is to present them as they are. -Noah Webster, lexicographer (16 Oct 1758-1843)

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