Distributary meaning

dĭ-strĭb'yə-tĕr'ē
A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.
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Any branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it.
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A branch of a river that flows away from the main stream.
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One of the channels in a braided stream.
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(hydrology) A branch of a river delta; a channel that distributes a river's waters into the sea, as with the Atchafalaya River of the Mississippi.
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Origin of distributary

  • dis- + tribute + -ary
    From Wiktionary