[riv-uh-rahyn, -reen, -er-in]


of or relating to a river.
situated or dwelling beside a river.

Origin of riverine

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



of, like, relating to, or produced by a river
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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Science definitions for riverine


[rĭvə-rīn′, -rēn′]

Relating to, formed by, or resembling a river.
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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