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pluvial

[ ploo-vee-uhl ]
/ ˈplu vi əl /
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adjective
of or relating to rain, especially much rain; rainy.
Geology. occurring through the action of rain.
noun
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.
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Origin of pluvial

1650–60; <Latin pluviālis, equivalent to pluvi(a) rain + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM pluvial

in·ter·plu·vi·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pluvial

pluvial
/ (ˈpluːvɪəl) /

adjective
of, characterized by, or due to the action of rain; rainypluvial insurance
noun
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 for pluvial

C17: from Latin pluviālis rainy, from pluvia rain
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Scientific definitions for pluvial

pluvial
[ plōōvē-əl ]

Relating to or caused by rain.
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