diluvium

or di·lu·vi·on

[ dih-loo-vee-uh m ]
/ dɪˈlu vi əm /

noun, plural di·lu·vi·a [dih-loo-vee-uh] /dɪˈlu vi ə/, di·lu·vi·ums. Geology Now Rare.

a coarse surficial deposit formerly attributed to a general deluge but now regarded as glacial drift.

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Origin of diluvium

1810–20; < Latin dīluvium flood; see deluge

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British Dictionary definitions for diluvia

diluvium
/ (daɪˈluːvɪəm, dɪ-) /

noun plural -via (-vɪə)

geology a former name for glacial driftSee drift (def. 12)

Word Origin for diluvium

C19: from Latin: flood, from dīluere to wash away; see dilute
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