- 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
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Examples from the Web for fluvial
What, then, would be the fluvial force required to move the Welcome Nugget?Getting Gold
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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 Andes of Southern Peru
The son of Helvetia discovered the precious metal in grains, and nuggets, interspersed with the drift of a fluvial deposit.The Flag of Distress
These consisted of two piers forming a seaward prolongation of the fluvial channel, begun in 1858 and completed in 1861.
fluviatile (ˈfluːvɪəˌtaɪl, -tɪl)
- of, relating to, or occurring in a riverfluvial deposits
C14: from Latin fluviālis, from fluvius river, from fluere to flow
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or inhabiting a river or stream.
- Produced by the action of a river or stream.
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