[ ih-loo-vee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ɪˌlu viˈeɪ ʃən /


the movement through the soil of materials brought into suspension or dissolved by the action of water.

Words nearby eluviation

Origin of eluviation

First recorded in 1925–30; eluviate + -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for eluviation

/ (ɪˌluːvɪˈeɪʃən) /


the process by which material suspended in water is removed from one layer of soil to another by the action of rainfall or chemical decomposition

Word Origin for eluviation

C20: from eluvium
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Scientific definitions for eluviation

[ ĭ-lōō′vē-āshən ]

The lateral or downward movement of the suspended material in soil through the percolation of water. Eluviation differs from leaching in that it affects suspended, not dissolved, material and usually results only in the movement of the material from one soil horizon to another.
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