[ 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.

Origin of fluvial

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

Related forms

trans·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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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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