- Law. a gradual increase of land on a shore or a river bank by the action of water, whether from natural or artificial causes.
- overflow; flood.
- Now Rare. alluvium.
Origin of alluvion
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The cypress begins near the mouth of the Ohio and spreads through the alluvion portions of the Lower Valley.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
Alluvion, al-lū′vi-un, n. land gained from the sea by the washing up of sand and earth.
The deposites of alluvion along the banks betray a similar origin of gradual accumulation by the annual floods.
I examined the contents with great care and found a few grains of gold in the alluvion!My Friends the Savages
Giovanni Battista Cerruti
Springs are common in the alluvion, and more frequently than in the case of drift, they can be found by boring.
- the wash of the sea or of a river
- an overflow or flood
- matter deposited as sediment; alluvium
- law the gradual formation of new land, as by the recession of the sea or deposit of sediment on a riverbed
C16: from Latin alluviō an overflowing, from luere to wash
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