A term applied to many local water features in the lower Mississippi River basin and in the Gulf Coast region of the USA. Its general meaning is a creek or secondary watercourse that is tributary to another body of water; especially a sluggish and stagnant stream that follows a winding course through alluvial lowlands, coastal swamps or river deltas.
   Compare: oxbow, slough.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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