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alluvial

[uh-loo-vee-uh l] /əˈlu vi əl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to alluvium.
noun
2.
alluvial soil.
3.
Australia. gold-bearing alluvial soil.
Origin of alluvial
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; alluvi(um) + -al1
Related forms
nonalluvial, adjective, noun
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  • The alluvial Lands, which may be subdivided into the cotton and cane districts.

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

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The alluvial soil of these islands is a marvel of fertility.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • The town lay at the sea's edge on a strip of alluvial coast.

  • It was an alluvial town, called Soledad, where there was no harbour or future or recourse.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • All the conditions were favourable to deep-leads of alluvial.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • In many places the alluvial soil is not more than a few inches in depth.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • In their place an extensive delta and alluvial fan have been formed.

  • All below, and indeed far above, was alluvial, or of recent origin.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for alluvial

alluvial

/əˈluːvɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to alluvium
noun
2.
another name for alluvium
3.
(Austral & NZ) alluvium containing any heavy mineral, esp gold
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Word Origin and History for alluvial
adj.

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

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alluvial in Science
alluvium
  (ə-l'vē-əm)   
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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