[ kuh-loo-vee-uh m ]
/ kəˈlu vi əm /
noun, plural col·lu·vi·a [kuh-loo-vee-uh] /kəˈlu vi ə/, col·lu·vi·ums. Geology.
loose earth material that has accumulated at the base of a hill, through the action of gravity, as piles of talus, avalanche debris, and sheets of detritus moved by soil creep or frost action.
Origin of colluvium
Related formscol·lu·vi·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for colluvial
Clays transported in this way are termed by Ries colluvial clays, the term 'diluvial' is generally employed in this country.The Natural History of Clay|Alfred B. Searle
British Dictionary definitions for colluvial
/ (kəˈluːvɪəm) /
noun plural -via (-vɪə) or -viums
a mixture of rock fragments from the bases of cliffs
Derived Formscolluvial, adjective
Word Origin for colluvium
Latin: collection of filth, from colluere to wash thoroughly, from com- (intensive) + luere to wash
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Science definitions for colluvial
[ kə-lōō′vē-əm ]
Plural colluviums colluvia
A loose deposit of rock debris accumulated through the action of rainwash or gravity at the base of a gently sloping cliff or slope.
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