Kill (body of water)

Kill (body of water)

As a body of water, a kill is a creek. The word comes from the Middle Dutch "kille", meaning "riverbed" or "water channel." The modern Dutch term is "kil".

The term is used in areas of Dutch influence in New York, New Jersey and other areas of the former New Netherland colony of Dutch America to describe a strait, river, or arm of the sea. Examples are Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, both separating Staten Island, New York from New Jersey, and used as a composite name, "Wallkill River" in Orange County, New York and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. Humorously, in Delaware, there exists a Murderkill River. "Kill" also shows up in location names as in the Catskill Mountains or the town of Fishkill, New York, which was the subject of a campaign by animal rights group, PETA, which wanted a more animal friendly name. [ [ CNN - A fishy name will stay the same - Sept. 6, 1996 ] ]

A reference to 'kil' can be found in Dutch geographical names, e.g. Dordtsche Kil and Sluiskil (in the Terneuzen municipality).

See also

* Arroyo
* Bayou
* Body of water
* Burn
* Chalk stream
* Lake
* Lotic system ecology
* Marsh
* Ocean
* River
* Rock-cut basin
* Swamp
* Wadi
* Waterway

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