In usage in the United States, a bayou (/
The word entered American English via Louisiana French in Louisiana and is thought to originate from the Choctaw word "bayuk", which means "small stream". The first settlements of Bayou Teche, and other bayous, were by the Cajuns, and that is why bayous are associated with Cajun culture.
An alternative spelling, "buyou", has also been used, as in "Pine Buyou", used in a description by Congress in 1833 of Arkansas Territory.
The term Bayou Country is most closely associated with Cajun and Creole cultural groups derived from French settlers and stretching along the Gulf Coast from Houston, Texas to Mobile, Alabama and picking back up in South Florida around the Everglades with its center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Other Use of BayouEdit
- "bayou". Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
- Online Etymology Dictionary, Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, 9th edition
- Shilcutt, Katharine (2016-10-24). "What's a Bayou Anyway?". Houstonia. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
- Illinois Bayou
- Southwest Paddler
- US vs. Daniel Lewis Lee
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