Pronunciation: (oks'bō"), [key]
1. a U-shaped piece of wood placed under and around the neck of an ox with its upper ends in the bar of the yoke.
2. Physical Geog., Geol.
a. a bow-shaped bend in a river, or the land embraced by it.
b. Also called ox'bow lake'. a bow-shaped lake formed in a former channel of a river.
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