Origin of bayouAmerican French from Choctaw bayuk, small stream
- A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.
- A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.
Origin of bayouLouisiana French bayouque, bayou ultimately (probably via Mobilian Jargon, a pidgin based on Choctaw and Chickasaw used along the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico from colonial times until the 1900s) from Choctaw bayuk creek, river forming part of a delta
A sluggish, marshy stream connected with a river, lake, or gulf. Bayous are common in the southern United States.
- Used almost exclusively to refer to bodies of water in Louisiana and the adjoining areas, including southern Mississippi, eastern Texas, and Arkansas.
Cajun French bayou, from Choctaw bayuk (“creek”).
- It is filmed in the Louisiana Bayou and uses camera techniques taken straight from The Blair Witch Project to give parts of the show an almost amateur, home movie feeling.
- Every bayou contains alligators; and reptiles of various species, such as turtles, lizards, horned toads, rattlesnakes and moccasins are abundant.
- It has been so useful in relieving the Mississippi of floods, that the Red river may possibly be permanently diverted again into the bayou artificially.
- To really test your love of bayou country, try the fried alligator or alligator soup.
- There is also a state home for disabled Confederate soldiers at New Orleans on Bayou St John.