- For other meanings, see Billabong
Billabong is an Australian English word meaning a small lake, specifically an oxbow lake. Billabongs are usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes, leaving a dead end. Some people say there is a Scottish Gaelic origin, but the word is most likely from the Wiradjuri term bilabaŋ.
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- Skilton, St J. "The Survey of Scottish Gaelic in Australia and New Zealand", p. 300, quoting a respondent to his survey: "'Bill' = 'bile' = 'lip or mouth' and 'abong' is from 'abhainn' = 'river' with a parasitic 'G' added. A billabong probably has a mouth shape of sorts being at a bend in a river." University of Fribourg, Switzerland, June 2004. Last accessed 15 March 2008.
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