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[kuh-loo-vee-uh m] /kəˈlu vi əm/
noun, plural colluvia
[kuh-loo-vee-uh] /kəˈlu vi ə/ (Show IPA),
colluviums. Geology.
loose earth material that has accumulated at the base of a hill, through the action of gravity, as piles of talus, avalanche debris, and sheets of detritus moved by soil creep or frost action.
Origin of colluvium
1935-40; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin colluv-, base of colluere to wash out (see collutory) + -ium -ium, on the model of Latin alluvium alluvium, dīluvium deluge
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colluvial, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for colluvium


noun (pl) -via (-vɪə), -viums
a mixture of rock fragments from the bases of cliffs
Derived Forms
colluvial, adjective
Word Origin
Latin: collection of filth, from colluere to wash thoroughly, from com- (intensive) + luere to wash
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colluvium in Science
Plural colluviums or colluvia
A loose deposit of rock debris accumulated through the action of rainwash or gravity at the base of a gently sloping cliff or slope.
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