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fluvial

[floo-vee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a river: a meandering fluvial contour.
  2. produced by or found in a river: fluvial plants.
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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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Examples from the Web for fluvial

Historical Examples

  • What, then, would be the fluvial force required to move the Welcome Nugget?

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • It is the generosity of a fluvial Robin Hood, who steals from the wealthy to confer benefactions on the poor.

    The Spell of Switzerland

    Nathan Haskell Dole

  • The most extensive are the fluvial deposits accumulated as valley fill throughout the entire Andean realm.

  • The son of Helvetia discovered the precious metal in grains, and nuggets, interspersed with the drift of a fluvial deposit.

  • These consisted of two piers forming a seaward prolongation of the fluvial channel, begun in 1858 and completed in 1861.


British Dictionary definitions for fluvial

fluvial

fluviatile (ˈfluːvɪəˌtaɪl, -tɪl)

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or occurring in a riverfluvial deposits
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin fluviālis, from fluvius river, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for fluvial

adj.

"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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fluvial in Science

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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