or di·lu·vi·an

[dih-loo-vee-uh l]


pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
Geology Now Rare. pertaining to or consisting of diluvium.

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




of or connected with a deluge, esp with the great Flood described in Genesis
of or relating to diluvium

Word Origin for diluvial

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

"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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Science definitions for diluvial



Relating to or produced by a flood.
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