ria

[ ree-uh ]
/ ˈri ə /

noun

a long, narrow inlet of a river that gradually decreases in depth from mouth to head.

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Origin of ria

First recorded in 1895–1900, ria is from the Spanish word ría river
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British Dictionary definitions for ria (1 of 2)

ria

/ (ˈriːə) /

noun

a long narrow inlet of the seacoast, being a former valley that was submerged by a rise in the level of the sea. Rias are found esp on the coasts of SW Ireland and NW Spain

Word Origin for ria

C19: from Spanish, from rio river

British Dictionary definitions for ria (2 of 2)

RIA


abbreviation for

Royal Irish Academy
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Word Origin and History for ria

ria


n.

from Spanish ria "estuary, river mouth" (adopted as a geological term first in German, 1886), from Latin ripa "stream bank" (see riparian).

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Medicine definitions for ria

RIA


abbr.

radioimmunoassay
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