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diluvium

or di·lu·vi·on

[dih-loo-vee-uh m]
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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.
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Origin of diluvium

1810–20; < Latin dīluvium flood; see deluge
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Historical Examples

  • This occurs as one of the imbedded materials of the diluvion of the Mississippi valley.

    Scenes and Adventures in the Semi-Alpine Region of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft


British Dictionary definitions for diluvion

diluvium

noun plural -via (-vɪə)
  1. geology a former name for glacial driftSee drift (def. 12)
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Word Origin

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