[ floo-vee-uh l ]
/ ˈflu vi əl /


of or relating to a river: a meandering fluvial contour.
produced by or found in a river: fluvial plants.

Nearby words

  1. flutter-fibrillation,
  2. flutterboard,
  3. fluttery,
  4. fluty,
  5. fluvastatin,
  6. fluviatile,
  7. fluviomarine,
  8. fluvioterrestrial,
  9. fluvoxamine,
  10. flux

Origin of fluvial

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

Related formstrans·flu·vi·al, adjectiveun·flu·vi·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fluvial


fluviatile (ˈfluːvɪəˌtaɪl, -tɪl)

/ (ˈfluːvɪəl) /


of, relating to, or occurring in a riverfluvial deposits

Word Origin for fluvial

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

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Word Origin and History for fluvial



"pertaining to a river," late 14c., from Latin fluvialis "of a river," from fluvius "river," related to fluere "to flow" (see flow (v.)).

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Science definitions for fluvial


[ flōōvē-əl ]

Relating to or inhabiting a river or stream.
Produced by the action of a river or stream.
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