AskDefine | Define oxbow

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1 the land inside an oxbow bend in a river
2 a U-shaped curve in a stream
3 a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox

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  • (UK) /'ɒksbəʊ/


  1. A U-shaped piece of wood used as a collar for an ox, the upper parts fastened to its yoke
  2. A meander in a river; the land enclosed by such a loop

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Extensive Definition

An ''oxbow is a U-shaped wooden frame that fits under and around the neck of an ox, with its upper ends attached to the bar of the yoke. When rivers meander and are sometimes cut off from their course, they form an oxbow lake which is so named because of the distinct "U"''' shape.
oxbow in Russian: Излучина
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