[ dih-loo-vee-uhl ]
/ dɪˈlu vi əl /
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
) flood (see deluge
) + -ālis-al1
OTHER WORDS FROM diluvialpre·di·lu·vi·al, adjectiveun·di·lu·vi·al, adjectiveun·di·lu·vi·an, adjective
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How to use diluvial in a sentence
Turner says, from the depth, these seeds must have been of the diluvian age.
Therefore we must needs acknowledge the diluvian tradition to be really indigenous in Mexico and not an invention of missionaries.
We also hear of a diluvian story among the Eulets or Kalmuks, where it seems to have come in with Buddhism.
The most essential feature of all traditions properly called diluvian is wanting here.
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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Scientific definitions for diluvial
Relating to or produced by a flood.
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