A pool or lagoon left behind in a river or in a branch of a river when the water flow ceases. Billabongs are often formed when floodwaters recede. The word comes from the south-western New South Wales indigenous language Wiradhuri: bila 'river' + bang 'continuing in time or space'. First recorded 1836.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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