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"I believe that's a billabong"

Thanks, that sounds about right. defines billabong as,

"a branch of a river flowing away from the main stream but leading to no other body of water; a blind or dead-end channel."

It seems I once heard it called something else, and I was trying to find that word, but for my purposes billabong will do fine.


That sounds the exact opposite to me.
The dictionary definition of billabong sounds like a distributary but instead of going to the sea it goes nowhere. Not at all like the diagram in your OP, where the sediment buildup has basically converted a fork in the river to a tributary of the river (assuming the new tributary is still fed by underground streams and such, otherwise it would dry up.)
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