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trib•u•tar•y



Pronunciation: (trib'yu-ter"ē), [key]
n., pl. -tar•ies,
adj.


n.
1. a stream that flows to a larger stream or other body of water.
2. a person or nation that pays tribute in acknowledgment of subjugation or the like.

adj.
1. (of a stream) flowing into a larger stream or other body of water.
2. furnishing subsidiary aid; contributory.
3. paying or required to pay tribute.
4. paid as tribute.
5. subject; subordinate: a tributary nation.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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