of or relating to rain, especially much rain; rainy.
Geology. occurring through the action of rain.
Geology. a rainy period formerly regarded as coeval with a glacial age, but now recognized as episodic and, in the tropics, as characteristic of interglacial ages.
- in·ter·plu·vi·al, adjective
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How to use pluvial in a sentence
The pluvial autumn wind came sweeping along between the rows of houses.The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann
Miquel y Bada mentions a magnificent velvet pluvial in gold and three colours, belonging to a church in Catalua.The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume III (of 3) | Leonard Williams
From the pluvial period to the present the valley has been the scene of frequent volcanic disturbances.Biblical Geography and History | Charles Foster Kent
And this tete-a-tete decorated with flowers; and this pluvial cope in this case.Cosmopolis, Complete | Paul Bourget
During the pluvial periods when hydrosere-loving shrews populated the Great Basin, that region may have been a treeless grassland.Speciation of the Wandering Shrew | James S. Findley
British Dictionary definitions for pluvial
of, characterized by, or due to the action of rain; rainy: pluvial insurance
geology of or relating to rainfall or precipitation
a climate characterized by persistent heavy rainfall, esp one occurring in unglaciated regions during the Pleistocene epoch
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Scientific definitions for pluvial
Relating to or caused by rain.
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