- 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.
Origin of pluvial
Examples from the Web for pluvial
And this tete-a-tete decorated with flowers; and this pluvial cope in this case.Cosmopolis, Complete
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
It has been called the Pluvial or Lacustrine Age, the rain or pond period.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
The pluvial autumn wind came sweeping along between the rows of houses.The Song of Songs
From the Pluvial period to the present the valley has been the scene of frequent volcanic disturbances.Biblical Geography and History
Charles Foster Kent
- of, characterized by, or due to the action of rain; rainypluvial 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
Word Origin and History for pluvial
1650s, "pertaining to rain," from French pluvial (12c.), from Latin pluvialis "pertaining to rain, rainy, rain-bringing," from (aqua) pluvia "rain (water)," from fem. of pluvius "rainy," from plovere "to rain," from PIE root *pleu- "to flow, to swim" (cf. Sanskrit plavate "navigates, swims;" Greek plynein "to wash," plein "to navigate," ploein "to float, swim," plotos "floating, navigable;" Armenian luanam "I wash;" Old English flowan "to flow;" Old Church Slavonic plovo "to flow, navigate;" Lithuanian pilu, pilti "to pour out," plauju, plauti "to swim, rinse").
- Relating to or caused by rain.