Sandy Creek Billabong in Australia.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Australian native term ; from billa, water plush bong, dead
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- A dead-end channel extending from the main stream of a river.
- A streambed filled with water only in the rainy season.
- A stagnant pool or backwater.
Origin: Wiradhuri (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) bilabaᶇ, watercourse filled only after rain.