Oxbow and oxbow lake
"oxbow (ox'-bow) (a) A closely looping stream meander resembling the U-shaped frame embracing an
ox's neck, having an extreme curvature such that only a neck of land is left between two parts of the
stream. Syn: horseshoe bend. (b) A term used in New England also for the land enclosed, or partly
enclosed, within an oxbow (bend of a stream). (c) The abandoned, bow- or horseshoe-shaped channel
of a former meander, left when the stream formed a cutoff across a narrow meander neck. See also:
cutoff meander. Syn: abandoned channel. (d) oxbow lake.
oxbow lake The crescent-shaped, often ephemeral, body of standing water situated by the side of a
stream in the abandoned channel (oxbow) of a meander after the stream formed a neck cutoff and the
ends of the original bend were silted up. Examples are common along the banks of the Mississippi
River, where they are often known as bayous. See also: billabong. Syn: oxbow; loop lake; mortlake;
moat Istreamsl; horseshoe lake; cutoff lake; crescentic lake. " Glossary of Geology 5th ed.