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eluvium

[ ih-loo-vee-uhm ]
/ ɪˈlu vi əm /
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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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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

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 forms of eluvium

eluvial, adjective

Word Origin for eluvium

C19: New Latin, from Latin ēluere to wash out
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Scientific definitions for eluvium

eluvium
[ ĭ-lōōvē-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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