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alluvion

[ uh-loo-vee-uh n ]
/ əˈlu vi ən /
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noun

Law. a gradual increase of land on a shore or a river bank by the action of water, whether from natural or artificial causes.
overflow; flood.
Now Rare. alluvium.

RELATED WORDS

deluge, downpour, inundation, cascade, cataclysm, gush, overflow, torrent, Niagara

Nearby words

allusively, alluvial, alluvial fan, alluvial mining, alluvial plain, alluvion, alluvium, ally, allyl, allyl alcohol, allyl caproate

Origin of alluvion

1530–40; < Latin alluviōn- (stem of alluviō an overflowing), equivalent to al- al- + -luv-, base of -luere, combining form of lavere to wash) + -iōn- -ion
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alluvion

/ (əˈluːvɪən) /

noun

  1. the wash of the sea or of a river
  2. an overflow or flood
  3. matter deposited as sediment; alluvium
law the gradual formation of new land, as by the recession of the sea or deposit of sediment on a riverbed

Word Origin for alluvion

C16: from Latin alluviō an overflowing, from luere to wash
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