diluvium

or di·lu·vi·on

[ dih-loo-vee-uhm ]

noun,plural di·lu·vi·a [dih-loo-vee-uh], /dɪˈlu vi ə/, di·lu·vi·ums.Geology Now Rare.
  1. a coarse surficial deposit formerly attributed to a general deluge but now regarded as glacial drift.

Origin of diluvium

1
1810–20; <Latin dīluvium flood; see deluge

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British Dictionary definitions for diluvium

diluvium

/ (daɪˈluːvɪəm, dɪ-) /


nounplural -via (-vɪə)
  1. geology a former name for glacial drift: See drift (def. 12)

Origin of diluvium

1
C19: from Latin: flood, from dīluere to wash away; see dilute

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