Anabranch An"a*branch, n. [Anastomosing + branch.] A branch of a river that re["e]nters, or anastomoses with, the main stream; also, less properly, a branch which loses itself in sandy soil. [Australia] [1913 Webster]

Such branches of a river as after separation reunite, I would term anastomosing branches; or, if a word might be coined, anabranches, and the islands they form branch islands. --Col. Jackson. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • anabranch — a diverging branch of a river which re enters the main stream …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • anabranch — /an euh branch , brahnch /, n. a stream branching off from a river and rejoining it further downstream. [1825 35; short for anastomotic branch. See ANASTOMOSIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • anabranch — noun A diverging branch of a river, creek, or stream which re enters the main stream. See Also: anabranching …   Wiktionary

  • anabranch — n. anastomotic branch (stream which branches off of a river) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anabranch — an·a·branch …   English syllables

  • anabranch — /ˈænəbræntʃ / (say anuhbranch) noun a branch of a river which leaves the main stream and enters it again further on. {shortened form of ana(stomosing) branch} …  

  • anabranch — n. esp. Austral. a stream that leaves a river and re enters it lower down. Etymology: ANASTOMOSE + BRANCH …   Useful english dictionary

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