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diluvial

or di·lu·vi·an

[dih-loo-vee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
  2. Geology Now Rare. pertaining to or consisting of diluvium.
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Origin of diluvial

1650–60; < Late Latin dīluviālis, equivalent to dīluvi(um) flood (see deluge) + -ālis -al1
Related formspre·di·lu·vi·al, adjectiveun·di·lu·vi·al, adjectiveun·di·lu·vi·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diluvial

diluvial

diluvian

adjective
  1. of or connected with a deluge, esp with the great Flood described in Genesis
  2. of or relating to diluvium
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin dīluviālis; see diluvium
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Word Origin and History for diluvial

adj.

"pertaining to a flood" (or The Flood), 1650s, from Late Latin diluvialis, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation" (see deluge (n.)). Related: Diluvian.

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diluvial in Science

diluvial

[dĭ-lōōvē-əl]
  1. Relating to or produced by a flood.
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