[ floo-vee-uhl ]

  1. of or relating to a river: a meandering fluvial contour.

  2. produced by or found in a river: fluvial plants.

Origin of fluvial

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin fluviālis, equivalent to fluvi(us) river (derivative of fluere to flow) + -ālis-al1

Other words from fluvial

  • trans·flu·vi·al, adjective
  • un·flu·vi·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fluvial


fluviatile (ˈfluːvɪəˌtaɪl, -tɪl)

/ (ˈfluːvɪəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or occurring in a river: fluvial deposits

Origin of fluvial

C14: from Latin fluviālis, from fluvius river, from fluere to flow

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Scientific definitions for fluvial


[ flōōvē-əl ]

  1. Relating to or inhabiting a river or stream.

  2. Produced by the action of a river or stream.

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