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[riv-uh-rahyn, -reen, -er-in]
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  1. of or relating to a river.
  2. situated or dwelling beside a river.
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Origin of riverine

First recorded in 1855–60; river1 + -ine1
Related formstrans·riv·er·ine, adjective
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Related Words for riverine

marshy, seaside, marginal, littoral, riverine, skirting

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Historical Examples of riverine

  • The distinction is an odd one, but it holds good in the riverine mind.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

    C. J. Cornish

  • The sign of peace with these riverine natives appears to be the pouring of water on their heads with their hands.

  • Amongst these, as amongst the Moxo and so many other riverine tribes in Amazonia, a slow transformation is in progress.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • This egg-laying operation is a grand affair for the riverine Indians of the Amazon and its tributaries.

  • The riverine villages had all been deserted, and the tributary down which he had travelled was at all times little frequented.


    Herbert Strang

British Dictionary definitions for riverine


  1. of, like, relating to, or produced by a river
  2. located or dwelling near a river; riparian
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Word Origin and History for riverine


1849, from river + -ine (1). French form riverain is attested from 1858.

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riverine in Science


[rĭvə-rīn′, -rēn′]
  1. Relating to, formed by, or resembling a river.
  2. Relating to a system of inland wetlands and deep-water habitats associated with nontidal flowing water, characterized by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation. Compare lacustrine marine palustrine.
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