|  Share | Cite


bayou (bĪˈō, bĪˈō) [key] [Louisiana Fr.; from Choctaw bayuk = small stream], term used mainly in U.S. Gulf states, especially Louisiana and Mississippi, to describe a stationary or sluggishly moving body of water that was once part of a lake, river, or gulf and is swampy or marshy in nature. Bayou is sometimes used as a synonym for oxbow lake, a former meander in a river valley cut off from that stream.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on bayou from Infoplease:

  • Bayou Teche - Teche, Bayou Teche, Bayou , 125 mi (201 km) long, S La., formed by tributary bayous and flowing SE ...
  • bayou: meaning and definitions - bayou: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Bayou Macon - Macon, Bayou Macon, Bayou , c.145 mi (230 km) long, rising in SE Ark. and flowing S into NE La. to ...
  • Desert Bayou - Starring Art Hoyle, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Master P, Dr. Beverly Wright, Adrian Andrews
  • Eve's Bayou - Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Jurnee Smollett, Dobbie Morgan, Meagan Good

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Geology and Oceanography