Origin of riparian
Examples from the Web for riparian
The first pioneer to reach the riparian tributary where Kansas City now shimmers was, in fact, on the lam himself.
In the heart of the Olympic Park there are riparian meadows of wildflowers whose color and glory are heartbreaking.20 Reasons to Feel Good About the 2012 Olympics in London|The Telegraph|July 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The selfishness of the riparian proprietor grows with every year.Three Men in a Boat|Jerome K. Jerome
In far western Kansas this species is restricted to riparian growth along the more permanent waterways.Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon|Jon C. Barlow
It is most churlish of riparian owners to refuse to allow strangers to land on their property.Mr. Punch On Tour|Various
Sceloporus melanorhinus calligaster is found in trees in riparian situations in the lowlands to elevations of about 1500 meters.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico|William E. Duellman
Riparian owner to remove obstructions unless maintained for twenty years.Boating|W. B. Woodgate
British Dictionary definitions for riparian
Word Origin for riparian
Word Origin and History for riparian
"of or pertaining to river banks," 1849, with -an + Latin riparius "of a river bank," from riparia "shore," later used in reference to the stream flowing between the banks, from ripa "(steep) bank of a river, shore," probably literally "break" (and indicating the drop off from ground level to the stream bed), or else "that which is cut out by the river," from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Greek ereipia "ruins," eripne "slope, precipice;" Old Norse rifa "break, to tear apart;" Danish rift "breach," Middle High German rif "riverbank, seashore;" English riven, rift).