- 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 diluvian
May not the eight stools be representative of the eight diluvian survivors.Tradition
John Francis Arundell
This egg is identical with the ark, and from it the diluvian patriarch was born.The God-Idea of the Ancients
Eliza Burt Gamble
Shall we accept the antediluvian, or the diluvian stratification?Omphalos
Philip Henry Gosse
In Phrygia the diluvian tradition was as natural as in Greece.
The diluvian priestesses and regenerated souls were called "bees."The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites
- 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 diluvian
"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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