[ ih-loo-vee-uhm ]

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.

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


/ (ɪˈluːvɪəm) /

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

Origin of eluvium

C19: New Latin, from Latin ēluere to wash out

Derived forms of eluvium

  • eluvial, adjective

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Scientific definitions for eluvium


[ ĭ-lōōvē-əm ]

  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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