diluvial

or di·lu·vi·an

[ dih-loo-vee-uh l ]
/ dɪˈlu vi əl /

adjective

pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM diluvial

pre·di·lu·vi·al, adjectiveun·di·lu·vi·al, adjectiveun·di·lu·vi·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diluvian

diluvial

diluvian

/ (daɪˈluːvɪəl, dɪ-) /

adjective

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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Scientific definitions for diluvian

diluvial
[ dĭ-lōōvē-əl ]

Relating to or produced by a flood.
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