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Meaning of ALLUVIUM

Pronunciation:  u'looveeum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  clay or slit or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down

ALLUVIUM is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alluvial deposit, alluvial sediment, alluvion
 See Also: alluvial soil, deposit, placer, sediment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al*lu"vi*um\, n.; pl. E. {Alluviums}, L. {Alluvia}.
[L., neut. of alluvius. See {Alluvious}.] (Geol.)
Deposits of earth, sand, gravel, and other transported
matter, made by rivers, floods, or other causes, upon land
not permanently submerged beneath the waters of lakes or
seas. --Lyell.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Material deposited by running water, including the sediments laid down in riverbeds, flood plains, lakes and estuaries.
  2. Deposit of stream-borne materials in and along a channel.
 Definition: a general term for all deposits laid down in fresh water - most commonly applied to riverine sediments.
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