Definition of anabranch in English:

anabranch

noun

Australian
  • A stream that leaves a river and re-enters it further along its course.

    • ‘As for the fishing, the Tumut River murmurs not more than 100 metres from your door, and the lodge has access to a Tumut River anabranch named Nimbo Creek.’
    • ‘It is bounded by the Lindsay River anabranch and is home to a significant array of plants and animals and has a long history of human occupation.’
    • ‘So it just breaks out into these incredible anabranches, that then link up further down the river, form to join a network and then feed into these big lakes that may be 30 kilometres long.’
    • ‘In one of my first major initiatives as Minister for Natural Resources, I announced a major pipeline project to help restore natural flows and provide secure water access to landholders who rely on the Darling River Anabranch.’
    • ‘After lunch he decided to go for a swim in an area of an anabranch of the Murray River known as Bullanginya Lagoon and part of which was known as the Barooga swimming hole.’
    brook, rivulet, rill, runnel, streamlet, freshet
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from ana(stomosing) (present participle of anastomose)+ branch.

Pronunciation:

anabranch

/ˈanəbrɑːn(t)ʃ/