mudflow

[ muhd-floh ]
/ ˈmʌdˌfloʊ /

noun Geology.

a flow of mixed earth debris containing a large amount of water.
the dried-out product of such a flow.

Nearby words

  1. muddy the waters,
  2. mudeye,
  3. mudfat,
  4. mudfish,
  5. mudflap,
  6. mudguard,
  7. mudhole,
  8. mudir,
  9. mudlark,
  10. mudlump

Origin of mudflow

First recorded in 1900–05; mud + flow

Also called mud slide, mudspate.

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British Dictionary definitions for mudflow

mudflow

/ (ˈmʌdˌfləʊ) /

noun

geology a flow of soil or fine-grained sediment mixed with water down a steep unstable slope
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Science definitions for mudflow

mudflow

[ mŭdflō′ ]

A downhill movement of soft, wet, unconsolidated earth and debris, made fluid by rain or melted snow and often building up great speed.
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