- a coarse surficial deposit formerly attributed to a general deluge but now regarded as glacial drift.
Origin of diluvium
1810–20; < Latin dīluvium flood; see deluge
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By the way, how do you and Buckland account for the "tails" of diluvium in Scotland?More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
The first bone traces of human beings range back to an epoch posterior to the monstrous quadrupeds entombed in the diluvium.
The Chellean implements are found in the gravels of the diluvium on the pebbly surface.
Iron, chiefly in the form of magnetic oxide, is present along the sea-coast and in the diluvium of rivers.The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
These form as definite a geological horizon as the similar fossiliferous zone in the Diluvium of northern Germany.Fragments of Earth Lore
- geology a former name for glacial driftSee drift (def. 12)
C19: from Latin: flood, from dīluere to wash away; see dilute
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