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[ih-loo-vee-uh m]
noun, plural e·lu·vi·a [ih-loo-vee-uh] /ɪˈlu vi ə/. Geology.
  1. a deposit of soil, dust, etc., formed from the decomposition of rock and found in its place of origin.
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Origin of eluvium

1880–85; formed on the model of alluvium from Latin ēluere (of water) to wash out (soil, etc.); see elute
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British Dictionary definitions for eluvium


noun plural -via (-vɪə)
  1. a mass of sand, silt, etc: a product of the erosion of rocks that has remained in its place of origin
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Derived Formseluvial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Latin ēluere to wash out
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eluvium in Science


  1. Residual deposits of soil, dust, and sand produced by the action of the wind.
  2. Residual deposits of soil, dust, and rock particles produced by the in-situ decomposition and disintegration of rock.
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