tributary

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tributarie(paying tribute), from Latin tribūtārius, from tribūtum(tribute).

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Noun[edit]

tributary ‎(plural tributaries)

  1. A natural water stream that flows into a larger river or other body of water.
  2. A nation, state, or other entity that pays tribute.

Quotations[edit]

nation paying tribute

Synonyms[edit]

  • (stream which flows into a larger one): affluent

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Adjective[edit]

tributary ‎(not comparable)

  1. Related to the paying of tribute.
  2. subordinate; inferior
    • Milton
      to grace his tributary gods
  3. Yielding supplies of any kind; serving to form or make up, a greater object of the same kind, as a part, branch, etc.; contributing.
    The Ohio has many tributary streams, and is itself tributary to the Mississippi.

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