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[uh-loo-vee-uh l] /əˈlu vi əl/
of or relating to alluvium.
alluvial soil.
Australia. gold-bearing alluvial soil.
Origin of alluvial
First recorded in 1795-1805; alluvi(um) + -al1
Related forms
nonalluvial, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • There is no alluvial soil, or bottoms along the streams, or grass in the forests.

  • The city was built in the midst of an alluvial country, far removed from the hills.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The soil in the bottom was a rich, alluvial deposit that gave verdure of all kinds deep rootage.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • The alluvial soil of these islands is a marvel of fertility.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • Perhaps it is the nature of that alluvial plain that accounts also for so plentiful a harvest of mosquitoes.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • The town lay at the sea's edge on a strip of alluvial coast.

  • Near the river bank, between camp and fort, was an alluvial spot in which the shovel found no rock.

    The Lady of Fort St. John Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • It was an alluvial town, called Soledad, where there was no harbour or future or recourse.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • There is a group of valleys all round them, and alluvial beds accumulate in them.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
British Dictionary definitions for alluvial


of or relating to alluvium
another name for alluvium
(Austral & NZ) alluvium containing any heavy mineral, esp gold
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Word Origin and History for alluvial

1802, from Latin alluvius "alluvial" (see alluvium) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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alluvial in Science
Plural alluviums or alluvia
Sand, silt, clay, gravel, or other matter deposited by flowing water, as in a riverbed, floodplain, delta, or alluvial fan. Alluvium is generally considered a young deposit in terms of geologic time.

alluvial adjective
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