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or di·lu·vi·on

[dih-loo-vee-uh m]
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

  • By the way, how do you and Buckland account for the "tails" of diluvium in Scotland?

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  • The first bone traces of human beings range back to an epoch posterior to the monstrous quadrupeds entombed in the diluvium.

  • The Chellean implements are found in the gravels of the diluvium on the pebbly surface.

  • Iron, chiefly in the form of magnetic oxide, is present along the sea-coast and in the diluvium of rivers.

  • These form as definite a geological horizon as the similar fossiliferous zone in the Diluvium of northern Germany.

British Dictionary definitions for 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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