alluvial

[ uh-loo-vee-uh l ]
/ əˈlu vi əl /

adjective

of or relating to alluvium.

noun

alluvial soil.
Australia. gold-bearing alluvial soil.

Nearby words

  1. alluring,
  2. alluringly,
  3. allusion,
  4. allusive,
  5. allusively,
  6. alluvial fan,
  7. alluvial mining,
  8. alluvial plain,
  9. alluvion,
  10. alluvium

Origin of alluvial

First recorded in 1795–1805; alluvi(um) + -al1

Related formsnon·al·lu·vi·al, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for alluvial

alluvial

/ (əˈluːvɪəl) /

adjective

of or relating to alluvium

noun

another name for alluvium
Australian and NZ alluvium containing any heavy mineral, esp gold
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Word Origin and History for alluvial

alluvial

adj.

1802, from Latin alluvius "alluvial" (see alluvium) + -al (1).

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Science definitions for alluvial

alluvium

[ ə-lōōvē-əm ]

Plural alluviums alluvia

Sand, silt, clay, gravel, or other matter deposited by flowing water, as in a riverbed, floodplain, delta, or alluvial fan. Alluvium is generally considered a young deposit in terms of geologic time.
Related formsalluvial adjective

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