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Bayou vs. Slough — What's the Difference?

Bayou vs. Slough — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Bayou and Slough

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Bayou

In usage in the Southern United States, a bayou () is a body of water typically found in a flat, low-lying area, and may refer to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), a marshy lake or wetland or a creek whose current reverses daily due to tides, and which contains brackish water highly conducive to fish life and plankton. Bayous are commonly found in the Gulf Coast region of the southern United States, especially in the Mississippi River Delta.

Slough

Slough () is a large town in Berkshire, England (within the historic county of Buckinghamshire), 20 miles (32 km) west of central London (Charing Cross) and 19 miles (31 km) north-east of Reading. It is in the Thames Valley and within the London metropolitan area at the intersection of the M4, M40 and M25 motorways.

Bayou

A body of water, such as a creek or small river, that is a tributary of a larger body of water.

Slough

A town in south-eastern England to the west of London; population 119,400 (est. 2009).

Bayou

A sluggish stream that meanders through lowlands, marshes, or plantation grounds.
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Slough

Shed or remove (a layer of dead skin)
A snake sloughs off its old skin
Exfoliate once a week to slough off any dry skin

Bayou

A slow-moving, often stagnant creek or river.

Slough

(of soil or rock) collapse or slide into a hole or depression
An eternal rain of silt sloughs down from the edges of the continents

Bayou

A swamp; a marshy (stagnant) body of water.

Slough

A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.

Bayou

An inlet from the Gulf of Mexico, from a lake, or from a large river, sometimes sluggish, sometimes without perceptible movement except from tide and wind.
A dark slender thread of a bayou moves loiteringly northeastward into a swamp of huge cypresses.

Slough

Also slue A swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater.

Bayou

A swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)

Slough

A state of deep despair or moral degradation.

Slough

The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian.

Slough

(Medicine)A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.

Slough

An outer layer or covering that is shed or removed.

Slough

To be cast off or shed; come off
"smooth fallen branches from which all bark has sloughed" (David M. Carroll).

Slough

To shed a slough
Every time that a snake sloughs.

Slough

(Medicine)To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.

Slough

To cast off or shed (skin or a covering)
Came inside and sloughed off his coat.

Slough

To discard or disregard as undesirable or unfavorable
Sloughed off her misgivings.

Slough

The skin shed by a snake or other reptile.
That is the slough of a rattler; we must be careful.

Slough

Dead skin on a sore or ulcer.
This is the slough that came off of his skin after the burn.

Slough

(British) A muddy or marshy area.

Slough

(Eastern United States) A type of swamp or shallow lake system, typically formed as or by the backwater of a larger waterway, similar to a bayou with trees.
We paddled under a canopy of trees through the slough.

Slough

(Western United States) A secondary channel of a river delta, usually flushed by the tide.
The Sacramento River Delta contains dozens of sloughs that are often used for water-skiing and fishing.

Slough

A state of depression.
John is in a slough.

Slough

(Canadian Prairies) A small pond, often alkaline, many but not all formed by glacial potholes.
Potholes or sloughs formed by a glacier’s retreat from the central plains of North America, are now known to be some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.

Slough

(transitive) To shed (skin).
This skin is being sloughed.
Snakes slough their skin periodically.

Slough

(intransitive) To slide off (like a layer of skin).
A week after he was burned, a layer of skin on his arm sloughed off.

Slough

To discard.
East sloughed a heart.

Slough

To commit truancy, be absent from school without permission.

Slough

Slow.

Slough

A place of deep mud or mire; a hole full of mire.
He's here stuck in a slough.

Slough

A wet place; a swale; a side channel or inlet from a river.

Slough

The skin, commonly the cast-off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal.

Slough

The dead mass separating from a foul sore; the dead part which separates from the living tissue in mortification.

Slough

To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; - often used with off, or away; as, a sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly.

Slough

To cast off; to discard as refuse.
New tint the plumage of the birds,And slough decay from grazing herds.

Slough

Necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

Slough

A hollow filled with mud

Slough

A stagnant swamp (especially as part of a bayou)

Slough

Any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)

Slough

Cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers;
Out dog sheds every Spring

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