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a nearly flat plain along the course of a stream or river that is naturally subject to flooding.
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Origin of flood plain
First recorded in 1870–75
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Example sentences from the Web for flood plain
Spring Creek and Union Creek are short and have formed no extensive floodplain.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas|Artie L. Metcalf
British Dictionary definitions for flood plain
the flat area bordering a river, composed of sediment deposited during flooding
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Scientific definitions for flood plain
[ flŭd′plān′ ]
Flat land bordering a river and made up of alluvium (sand, silt, and clay) deposited during floods. When a river overflows, the floodplain is covered with water.
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