[ ih-loo-vee-uh m ]
/ ɪˈlu vi əm /
noun, plural e·lu·vi·a [ih-loo-vee-uh] /ɪˈlu vi ə/. Geology.
a deposit of soil, dust, etc., formed from the decomposition of rock and found in its place of origin.
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British Dictionary definitions for eluvium
/ (ɪˈluːvɪəm) /
noun plural -via (-vɪə)
a mass of sand, silt, etc: a product of the erosion of rocks that has remained in its place of origin
Derived Formseluvial, adjective
Word Origin for eluvium
C19: New Latin, from Latin ēluere to wash out
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Science definitions for eluvium
[ ĭ-lōō′vē-əm ]
Residual deposits of soil, dust, and sand produced by the action of the wind.
Residual deposits of soil, dust, and rock particles produced by the in-situ decomposition and disintegration of rock.
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