Meaning of DISTRIBUTARY in English

I. -yəˌterē adjective

Etymology: distribute + -ary

: distributive ; especially : of or relating to a distributary

II. noun

( -es )


a. : a river branch flowing away from the main stream and not rejoining it — contrasted with tributary

b. : one of the channels of a braided stream

2. : an irrigation canal or ditch leading away from the main canal ; especially : one of the smaller conduits by which irrigation water is delivered directly to the consumer from the larger branches of the system

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