- pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
- Geology Now Rare. pertaining to or consisting of diluvium.
Origin of diluvial
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Examples from the Web for diluvial
However, there was no evidence that this diluvial record was not of the remote past.
They are as emphatically drift implements, as any that have appeared in the diluvial matrix of France.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
The drift and boulders which cover a great part of Europe and North America are beyond all doubt glacial, and not diluvial.Human Origins
The banks of the River St. Clair are wholly alluvial or diluvial.
Towards this, its diluvial banks, charged with boulders and pebbles, sloped at a steep angle.
- of or connected with a deluge, esp with the great Flood described in Genesis
- of or relating to diluvium
C17: from Late Latin dīluviālis; see diluvium
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Word Origin and History for diluvial
"pertaining to a flood" (or The Flood), 1650s, from Late Latin diluvialis, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation" (see deluge (n.)). Related: Diluvian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or produced by a flood.
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